A new acoustic musical, celebrating the classic songs of Elvis Costello. From the opening bars of a lilting ‘Accidents Will Happen’ to the joyous finale of a rocking ‘Pump It Up’, this is something very different.
An evening out with a female Elvis impersonator no less, but also something much more. This is a musical play about a female whose life mirrors (increasingly deliberately) that of her idol, Elvis (Costello). And one wonders whether Elsie Costello is a childlike fan or someone with an obsession, or whether she really exits at all, other than as a device to tell the tale of something akin to Mr McManus’ life in words and music. Whichever, it’s a clever way to play Costello songs for the evening, but take them one stage further.
This tale of Elsie Costello plays out to a soundtrack of Costello’s classic songs including Accidents Will Happen, Shipbuilding, Alison, I Want You and many more.
Elsie is breathtakingly performed by Lou Dalgleish, accompanied by co-writer Michael Weston Kings guitar and vocals, and the phenomenal piano skills of Gladstone Wilson.
A unique evening celebrating the first-class songwriting of Elvis Costello, complimented by a superb story, and stunning performance.
Fans of quality songs and stunning singing must see this.
— The Independent
An imaginative, elegant interpretation, an energizing voyage through the Elvis Costello songbook, fronted by a pure and gorgeous voice.
— Irish Examiner
As tribute musicals go, this breaks new ground. No happy singalong, Costello’s life is treated as a melodrama…
— Nick Dalton