Celebrate Elvis' birthday with a tribute performance

January 7, 2011 10:14:13 AM PST
Celebrate Elvis Presley's 76th birthday at The Center for Performing Arts at Governors State University, when Blue Suede Shoes: The Ultimate Tribute performs for one night only, Saturday, Jan. 8 at 8 p.m.

Renowned impersonators Mike Albert and Scot Bruce will be accompanied live by the seven-piece Big E Band, leaving the audience "All Shook Up" with hits from the King's catalog such as "Hound Dog" and "Heartbreak Hotel," plus plenty of latter-day favorites.

Scot Bruce's uncanny resemblance to the young King (and his ability to sing, strum a guitar and swivel his hips), has taken him across the U.S. and all over the world to perform his live show. As Elvis, he has appeared in music videos with Faith Hill and Sheryl Crow, and has been heard as the Resident Elvis with his pals Mark and Brian on their highly rated Los Angeles morning radio show on 95.5 KLOS-FM. Bruce has also appeared in recurring roles on the hit soap operas "Days of Our Lives" and "The Bold and the Beautiful."

Mike Albert is known worldwide for respectfully portraying the late Elvis Presley. He has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, and in the 1980s he performed in six music videos featured on FOX's nationally syndicated show "A Current Affair" hosted by Maury Povich. Albert also performed twice at the Miss Tennessee beauty pageant. His style, charisma and powerful voice, combined with performances of an ever-changing line-up of songs from the King's catalog, have proven to be quite the crowd pleaser throughout the years.

Single ticket and subscription information
Blue Suede Shoes: The Ultimate Tribute starring Mike Albert, Scot Bruce and the Big E Band performs at The Center for Performing Arts at Governors State University Saturday, Jan. 8 at 8 p.m. Single tickets and subscriptions for The Center's 2010-2011 season are now on sale, and range in price from $34 to $49. They can be purchased by calling 708-235-2222 or at www.centertickets.net.

For group ticket (parties of 20 or more) discount information, call 800-386-6321. The Center is located at 1 University Parkway (Governors Highway and University Parkway), 45 minutes south of the Loop, off I-57 at Sauk Trail. Parking is always free.

Patrons who purchase at least two single, regular price tickets to any show (Mainstage, cabaret, opera and/or Especially for Kids series) in The Center's 2010-2011 season will receive a $10 voucher to be used for future ticket purchases. Limit one voucher per household, and additional restrictions may apply.

A limited number of $15 single tickets to most Mainstage shows in The Center's 2010-2011 season, including Blue Suede Shoes, available online only at www.centertickets.net.

Pre-show dining is available for $25 at Joe's Italian Villa, 10160 191st St., Mokena, Ill. Advance reservations are required for the $25 pre-show dining option at Joe's Italian Villa, 10160 191st St., Mokena, Ill., available by calling (708) 235-2222 or at www.centertickets.net.

Dinner at Joe's Italian Villa begins at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 8. Entree options include slow-roasted prime rib, blackened fresh salmon, barbecue back ribs or chicken, and vino vianco. The meal also includes brushetta, soup or salad, vegetable or potato, coffee, tea, soda or wine, and homemade chocolate caramel cake. All audience members will receive a free slice of the ultimate birthday cake (while supplies last), provided by Sharon's Custom Designed Cakes, 1334 Benton St., Crete, Ill.

The Center is also proud to partner with Jenny's Steakhouse, 20 Kansas Street, Frankfort, Ill., to offer a dining and show discount package for most shows in The Center's 2010-2011 Mainstage season, including Blue Suede Shoes. The meal includes an appetizer, soup/salad, entree, plus a $15 show ticket and a coupon for a free drink at The Center, all for just $34.95 per person. The Center's dining and show combo discount package is available by calling Jenny's Steakhouse at 815-464-2685.

Buy one, get one free single tickets are available in-person at the box office, 1 University Parkway, University Park, Ill., two hours prior to the curtain for each show for one hour only, based upon availability.

In addition to receiving more than 15 percent off regular ticket prices with the purchase of three or more shows, subscribers also receive exclusive benefits including priority seating, ticket exchange privileges, invitations to subscriber-only events and a ticket to one of The Center's Arts in Education shows donated in their name to a deserving child from a Southland area school.

About The Center for Performing Arts at Governors State University
The Center for Performing Arts at Governors State University is celebrating 16 years of enhancing the cultural landscape of the Chicago Southland. The Center is committed to its mission of presenting the finest in world-class performing arts entertainment to the citizens of the Chicago Southland at affordable prices.

The Center's programming is the result of the vision of community leaders, educators and philanthropists who recognize the need for a blend of cultural and academic enrichment in the region. These leaders understand that culture and the arts serve to educate youth, inspire members of the community, and bring a diverse community together under one roof to share artistic experiences.

The Center integrates world-class performing arts and entertainment with the university's academic strengths, touching the hearts and minds of audiences in new and unique ways. GSU faculty help influence programming that mixes education with entertainment, providing an experience unlike any other in the Chicago Southland.

The Center offers an extensive Arts in Education program for area schools, which reached more than 40,000 children during the 2009-2010 season. These unique, live theater experiences engage children's minds and help them explore and question the world around them.

Also in the 2009-2010 season, The Ralph C. Medhurst Fund provided 2,500 tickets for underserved students from Chicago Southland area schools to attend Arts in Education performances at The Center.

For more information about programming, volunteer, donor and sponsorship opportunities, call The Center at 708-235-2222 or visit www.centertickets.net. For the latest news and offers, check out The Center on Facebook at www.facebook.com/centeratgsu or follow @thecenter_gsu on Twitter.

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