The Balkan Elvis in NZ

Harcourts Hawke's Bay Arts Festival
Wed 24th October 2018
Pacific Crystal Palace Spiegeltent

With his smooth looks, crazy tragi-comic stories and a piano accordion, Mikelangelo (of the Black Sea Gentlemen fame) has given Elvis an almighty transfusion and an East Bloc incarnation.

Part road movie, part redemption tale, part rock 'n' roll musical, follow the exploits of Mikelangelo’s alter ego, Johnny Presley – the Balkan Elvis – in his quest for love, fame and fortune behind the Iron Curtain.

Holding a skewed mirror to the myth and music of the American Elvis, the King’s hits are reimagined as lilting waltzes and barnstorming Balkan wedding polkas. Elvis hasn’t been this much outrageous fun since 1956 – uproarious, uplifting and dead sexy.

Written by Mikelangelo; musical direction by Mikelangelo and Dave Evans; piano accordion, Dave Evans; with Niko Ne Zna, Wellington’s Balkan brass gypsy band.