At Last, Etta James is back in Melbourne

Australian audiences love to relive the greats. Our theatres are filled with some of the most iconic long-running musicals including CATS, The Sound of Music and the upcoming Fiddler on the Roof. Some of the biggest artists have been revived in touring shows from Michael Jackson and Marvin Gaye to Whitney Houston. Now, Etta James, one of the biggest names in the blues, is returning to Melbourne through Vika Bull in a limited run at Arts Centre Melbourne.

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Etta James is one of the biggest names in the blues. During a long and tumultuous career that saw her win six Grammy Awards and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Etta James has had an enormous influence on the music industry across a huge range of genres. Musical superstars including Dianna Ross, Janis Joplin, Stevie Wonder and the Rolling Stones all list her as one of their inspirations alongside a whole host of inspired singers from the new generation of Adele, Christina Aguilera and the late Amy Winehouse.

In a ‘powerhouse performance’ that was declared ‘A Triumph’ by the Sydney Morning Herald, Vika Bull will be bringing her smash-hit narrative concert At Last – The Etta James Story back to Melbourne. Vika Bull will be taking the audience on an unforgettable journey through Etta James’ turbulent life as she uses some of her most beloved songs to embody the blues legend including ‘Tell Mama’, ‘Something’s Go A Hold On Me’ and the iconic ‘At Last’.

These narrative concerts are incredibly popular with Australian audiences at the moment. While many of these shows’ subjects are no longer with us, audiences are presented with the opportunity to relive their adored catalogues through some talented performers able to embody these musical masters. This show is a testament to the popularity of this genre having already made two round trips of Australia’s capital cities after its world premiere here in Melbourne in 2013 and completing two sold-out seasons at the Sydney Opera House. After this success, the show enthralled New Zealand crowds with a debut season in Auckland before embarking on an extensive tour of regional Australian centres – many of which sold out weeks before the show even opened in their town!

Vika Bull will be joined by John McAll and some of Australia’s finest musicians as The Essential R&B band brings the heart, soul and funk into Etta James’ memorable catalogue as she brings this acclaimed show to the Playhouse Theatre, Arts Centre Melbourne in February 2016.

At Last – The Etta James Story returns to Arts Centre Melbourne for a limited season from 16th – 21st February. For more information and to book tickets visit artscentremelbourne.com.au.

 

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