Elvis, The Beatles, Abba, Elton John and More are in the Buidling at the Alhambra in 2014
Ladies and gentlemen, Elvis is in the building. As will be The Beatles, Branson on the Road, Abba and Elton John - or at least exceptional facsimiles thereof when the Alhambra Theatre & Dining adds a new concert series to its 2014 line up.
For 46 years the Alhambra has featured eight or nine shows of traditional theatrical fare - musicals, comedies, dramas - each lasting five or six weeks at a time. In this 47th season of America's longest-running professional dinner theater, ownership has added some new fare, offering guests a series of five concert shows running for one week in between shows on its regular theatrical schedule.
Alhambra After Dark was started four years ago to introduce productions that were non-traditional in nature for the Alhambra, experimenting in comedy nights, big band dancing and even trivia events. Said Managing partner, Craig Smith, "Alhambra After Dark has given us license to go off-rand and try some new things. We have decided that it really needs to focus on concerts with a different culinary experience than what our guests have been used to." He continued, "our goal is certainly to offer our valued core of current guests another reason to visit us, but we also hope to appeal to a new audience that may have heard about our improvements at The Alhambra, but simply may not be theater people. Our research tells us that concert style shows in an intimate environment such as the Alhambra is missing in our market, and we are excited to fill that void. We will continue to add these types of shows, whether for a week or a night and someday we hope to attract current pop, country and rock acts to our venue."
The Alhambra After Dark Music Series opens February 6-9 with "Elvis the Show," starring Kevin Mills. Mills is one of the world's most renowned Elvis impersonators and has performed to packed houses all over the world. On July 31, 1969, at the International Hilton Hotel in Las Vegas, Elvis Presley performed live for the first time in nine years. His 58 consecutive sold-out shows broke all Las Vegas attendance records. "Elvis the Show" takes the audience right back to those days at the International Hilton with the incredible Kevin Mills. It is apparent as soon as he walks on stage: not only does Kevin capture the essence of the King of Rock-n-Roll, but he is an incredible performer in his own right. "Elvis the Show" recreates those live performances down to the last detail. In 2010 Kevin was a finalist at Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contents in Memphis. His success reflects not only his accomplishments and beliefs, but also an incredible love for live and entertaining.