LondonTown.com: Elvis Spotted Live in Hammersmith

The legend of Elvis Presley lives on at the Hammersmith Apollo this May with a two remarkable concerts that will give London a taste of the great man in his prime. Elvis Presley – On Stage promises to wow modern audiences with a technology-driven taste of prime-time Elvis.

With live musical backing from Presly’s band these innovative concerts will take video recordings of some of his most incendiary concerts and strip them back so all that remains is Elvis’ voice. The rest of the performance comes courtesy of a live band, singers and an orchestra, giving the audience a unique flavour of Vegas-era Elvis at his most thrilling.

Utilising innovative multi-media technology and brilliant concert footage from the Las Vegas–shot documentary “Elvis: That’s the way it is” to create the impression that Elvis is actually on stage, these concerts will recreate the epic razzmatazz and musical drama of Elvis at the height of his Vegas pomp, complete with hits like That’s Alright Mama, Hound Dog, Don’t Be Cruel, All Shook Up, Blue Suede Shoes, In The Ghetto.

Elvis Presley – On Stage, which hits the Apollo on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th May, is certain to draw fans of The King from far and wide. London events and accommodation experts LondonTown.com are doing their bit to make finding accommodation in the area as easy and affordable as possible. Visitors to the website will find a broad selection of hotels in London at discount prices, including many within easy walking distance of Hammersmith Apollo.

The Novotel London West Hotel is just five minutes from Hammersmith Apollo and similarly convenient for the Earl’s Court Exhibition centre. With a 26% discount rooms start at just £75. The ibis London Sheperds Bush Hotel is not much further afield and currently offers rooms from just £44 thanks to a 25% discount.

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World Premiere Performance of Jay Huling’s New Comedy The Sing Sing Suite Breaks World Record for Longest Sustained Laughter from a Live Audience in Theatre History

According to entertainment historians, the longest sustained laughter in radio history came during Jack Benny’s “Your Money or Your Life” routine — an outburst that lasted 32 seconds. Television history was made in the “Lucy Raises Chickens” episode of I Love Lucy, where the audience laughed at one particular gag for more than two minutes.

Playwright Jay Huling’s new comedy The Sing Sing Suite recently made theatre history at its world premiere May 9 at the Washington County Playhouse when the audience’s sustained laughter at the climax’s “Champagne Bit” lasted for more than four minutes.

“Some people think that kind of cachinnation slows down the pace of a performance,” said Huling, “but when your work is compared with great moments of laughter from The Tonight Show, The Carol Burnett Show, or All in the Family, I’ll take a showstopper every time.”

The record-breaking moment comes toward the end of Act II of The Sing Sing Suite when the main character is trying to have a secret romantic rendezvous with an unrequited love interest. With the lights dimmed to create a tender mood, he struggles to open a Champagne bottle — putting it between his legs to gain more leverage. He is seen in silhouette trying to uncork the stopper, and the double entendre is both obvious and side-splitting hilarious.

“It’s a genuinely funny moment that combines a lot of psychological playwriting techniques to produce laughter from an audience,” said Huling. “There are elements of surprise, exaggeration, uncomfortableness, incongruity, misdirection, and a little bit of a naughty feeling all rolled into one.

Huling, who is from Cincinnati, Ohio and now resides in Jacksonville, Florida, is perhaps best known for his absurd comedy Elvis of Nazareth — which was selected as one of “America’s Best Short Plays” and published by Applause Books.

The Sing Sing Suite runs through June 22 at the Washington County Playhouse in Maryland. Tickets are $39 and can be purchased by calling 301-739-SHOW (7469). Advanced reservations are required. Performances follow dinner, which begins at 6:00 p.m.

The theater is located at 44 North Potomac Street in Hagerstown, Maryland 21740. More information is available at the Washington County Playhouse’s website: www.wcpdt.com.

More information about playwright Jay Huling is available at www.jayhuling.com.

Contact Details: Jay Huling
Playwright
P.O. Box 14171
Jacksonville, FL 32238
(904) 777-3222
jay@jayhuling.com
www.jayhuling.com
www.wcpdt.com

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