Danny Vernon and Marcia Smith returned to Sun Lakes on Sunday, Jan. 27 to perform the hits of Elvis Presley, the legendary “King of Rock and Roll” with their Illusion of Elvis Show.
It was the fifth appearance for the husband and wife team who travel extensively throughout Canada, Washington, Oregon, California and Arizona performing as Elvis Presley and Ann Margret.
The ballroom was filled when the duo opened the show with the Rockabilly hit from 1956 titled “Don’t Be Cruel” followed up with “All Shook Up” and “Teddy Bear.”
Throughout the afternoon Vernon and Smith performed the hits, as well as some of Elvis’s lesser known music, for an appreciative audience that covered his musical career from the 1950’s until his untimely death in 1977.
The fast-paced show included the iconic hip shaking, lip curls and the unmistakable and unforgettable voice of Elvis and kept the audience thoroughly entertained.
Marcia was delightful as Ann Margret singing back-up, dancing, and bantering with both Danny and the audience during the non-stop 90-minute show, When Vernon left the stage for a costume change, Marcia gave two solid solo vocal performances singing “Those Were the Days” and “At Last” by the renowned Etta James.
During the performance of “Those Were the Days” Smith also danced the difficult Russian squat-and-kick dance called prisyadka (knee bending) in stilettos.
Returning to the stage, Vernon appeared in one of the infamous Elvis Jumpsuits glittering with rhinestones that Elvis was known for in the latter part of his career.
Marcia passed scarves to Vernon that he draped around his neck for a short time then gave to a number of ladies who made their way to the stage.
Danny Vernon’s Illusion of Elvis Show is endorsed by Elvis Presley Enterprises and pays tribute to one of the greatest musical icons of the 20th century.
Before the show ended, Vernon thanked Jason Ewals for the opportunity to perform at Sun Lakes and thanked Elvis for being the kind, gentle human being that he was.
After singing “My Way” Danny and Marcia received a well-deserved standing ovation then stayed to take photos and speak with the audience as they made their way out of the ballroom.
It was a wonderful afternoon of nostalgic entertainment that still proves that in 2019 Elvis Presley is still the “King of Rock and Roll.”