Joseph Hall's Elvis: Rock and Remember Tribute Show
The McPherson Opera House
© Lydia Lowe 2013
On Saturday night, Elvis did not leave the building after the show. He merely went to the lobby to sign autographs.
You haven’t seen Elvis until you've seen Joseph Hall’s "Elvis". He sang, he danced and captivated the entire audience. There were multiple costume changes and during the first half of the show he threw teddy bears into the crowd. I actually thought at one point that a few of the older ladies were going to get into a throw down in the aisles when one reached for it and another grabbed it from her it at the same time.
Hall sang many of my favorite Elvis songs. One of my favorites, Kentucky Rain, I got to hear during a backstage interview and although it wasn't part of the show, I got my on personal mini concert back stage. He did a rendition of Suspicious Minds right before intermission that quite honestly, I think was better than Elvis. He put his whole heart and soul into each and every song. And can he belt out a tune. Without a microphone, his voice would have resounded off the rafters in the opera house.
Hall was a contestant on America’s Got Talent on the third season. In an interview before the event he said that he waited outside in line for eight hours to audition. When his time finally came, he was given ninety seconds to impress the judges. A minute and a half. Apparently that’s all it takes to completely change someone’s life. He was chosen to appear on the show and made it into the Top 10 before he was booted off the show, ironically after he’d sang Suspicious Minds.
After intermission and a costume change, the well- known white jumpsuit, the evening got even better. It was one hit after another. Hall did each one justice including two Christmas songs and a salute to veterans.
During the second half of the show Hall invited all the ladies down to the front of the stage and gave many of them the scarf from around his neck. I thought another throw down was going to take place as ladies competed to see who was going to elbow their way in close enough to the stage to get a silk scarf.
This is just the tip of the iceberg of what this show was all about. There was so much more and if you missed this show, you missed so much. Hall is making a tour around Kansas stopping at various venues around the state. He also performs in Branson on a regular basis at the Americana Theatre. Check out his website: http://www.josephhallbransonelvis.com/ for more information on his schedule. Hall will appear in Hutchinson at The Fox Theatre in February of 2014.