"The Las Vegas sermon, cleverly stitched from the lyrics of Elvis’ hits, is easily worth the price of admission." —Dan Monk, WCPO Cincinnati
Overlapping the 40th anniversary of Elvis Week, The King & I: a Hunk of Burnin' Love makes its triumphant return to Indyfringe, the play's point of origin in 2013. Since then, the play has been performed in multiple festivals and by invitation events, and earned a CRITIC'S PICK at the 2014 Cincinnati Fringe.
After Melvin experiences an Elvis-related miracle, he changes his name to Melvis Praisely, starts an Elvis evangelical church, and rockets to cult-like superstardom, facing many of the same obstacles faced by his King. "I laughed, sang, and got teary-eyed."—IndyFringe Tweet Team "Quintessentially American...4.5 stars"—NUVO
“CRITIC'S PICK. This irreverent 50-minute musical comedy attempts to unpack celebrity idolatry, consumer culture and the veneration of a simpler time with hilarious results...the behind-the-scenes drama between Praisley and Lisa Marie, however, does manage to evoke genuine pathos and poignancy.” Bart Bishop, Cincinnati Citybeat
“…getting great buzz on the Fringe scene…” Ralph Meranto, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
“Funny and charming…” Rochester Arts
"I couldn't help falling in love with this very funny production." NUVO Magazine