To say that manager Mark Erwin was trying to create the ultimate tribute show is a bit of a stretch, but after working for many years with one of the world’s most lauded Elvis tribute performers in Steve Michaels, he was well on the way whether he knew it or not. Erwin invited a few other performers to join his Elvis for a New Year’s show in 2017 and the result was lightning in a bottle. The idea for American Icons was born.
This brand new multi-star tribute show comes to the Georgian Theatre on October 20.
Erwin himself had traveled extensively and has attended many legends-style performances and noted most in attendance were enjoying a mere 50-70% of the show. As far as he was concerned, this was unacceptable.
“There can not be a single weak link in the chain,” explains Erwin, “and each member of the cast needs to be flawless.”
So, after months of auditions, rehearsals, cuts, choices, arrangements, and choreography, the show was ready to hit the stage. Featuring tributes to, Johnny Cash, Ray Charles, Frankie Vali, Roy Orbison, and Elvis himself, the show promises much for its potential audience.
“Believe me, this line up of performers are the best of the very best,” says Erwin. “We firmly believe the best in the world!”
The cast has quite a string of credits too. Whether it’s in the Mirvish production of Million Dollar Quartet, onstage in Jersey Boys, or even touring the world with Shania Twain, the performers bringing the icons to life are no stranger to wowing crowds.
“We can guarantee you all songs are timeless American classics and song book treasures,” says Erwin. “The selections were not only chosen to spotlight the entertainer but chosen based on chart position, and popularity.”
American Icons perform at the Gorgian Theatre on October 20 at 8p.m.
Tickets are available here.