Elvis —The Musical

If you're lonesome tonight, Gracelands might be closer

than you think. Presley imitators Andy Romano (pictured),

Fergus Moriarty (a former postman who makes his theatre debut as ’Middle Elvis') and Michael Dimitri (’Mature Elvrs’l are in town to tWitch their upper lips, gyrate their hips and put the action back into the King’s trousers. So if you spot Elvis downing cheeseburgers in Tollcross, don’t bother tipping off the Sunday Sport, it’s Just one of the boys getting into character.

Ely/s The Musical is at the King ’5 Theatre, Edinburgh, Tue l—Sat 5 Apr.

Ivor Cutler

Ludo was recorded in 1967, with Beatles producer George Martin, sometime between the overtly druggy Revolver and Magical Mystery Tour (in which Cutler appeared). Cutler's drawings on the cover are decidedly psychedelic. And then there’s the material: seventeen songs and narratives most with fine jazz settings performed by Cutler's trio; all enunciated in Cutler’s unmistakable Glaswegian drone; none containing any discernible moral or social purpose. Sample lyric: lsaw an elephant at the bus stop/Leaning on a young man's leg/And singing cock-a-dood/e-do/l threw my little yellow shoe/He started singing cock-a-dood/e-don’t. Now, we're not saying LSD was involved, but this is decidedly trippy stuff. It’s also lots of fun, which is why it's being re-released by Rev-Ola, Creation's re-issue label. As Paul McCartney once sang, very strange. (Andrew Burnet)

Ludo is re-released on Rev-Ola on Mon 24 Mar.


Beautflul South

Carrying on up the c0untry this fortnight are David Rotheiay (left) and Paul Heaton, whose line- up recently altered to include new singer JaCQueline Abbott. As our picture shows, the boys are thrilled about this. Heaton, who painted several pubs blue to promote the band’s last album Blue Is The Colour, looks like he might have been painting the town red last night. Not that he makes a habit of it, you understand.

The Beautiful South play the SECC, Glasgow on Tue 1 Apr.

All the best

What’s caressing our pleasure glands this fortnight.


\ . Comedy: Dylan Moran The lovable, floppy-fringed lrish rambler recounts more Guinness-soaked anecdotes and observations. He's gentle and has the kind of big, brown, liquid eyes which women swoon for. Blessed not only with good looks, he also won the Perrier at last year’s I Fringe. Glasgow: Tron Theatre, Sun 23 Mar; Edinburgh; Traverse Theatre, Sat 22 Mar.

Film: Romeo And Juliet Baz Strict/y Ballroom Luhrmann updates the setting and style of Shakespeare's play but keeps the text —~ as Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes play the young and sexy star-cross'd lovers. A fast-paced not of colour turns the standard presentation of the Bard on its head. General release from Fri 28 Mar.

Music: Christy Moore The man who played in both Planxty and Movmg

Hearts does a five-night residency in Glasgow. With a career stretching

back over 30 years, Moore is better L than most at blending the contemporary and the traditional. See feature. Glasgow: Royal Concert Hall, Tue 25—Sat 29 Mar.

Theatre: Crimes Of The Heart In the Deep South of the mid-70s, three sisters try to come to terms With liVin' and lovrn' in Beth Henley's Witty and intelligent Pulitzer-Winning play Directed by actor Alison Peebles, for the Lyceum company With a fine ensemble cast. See reVieW. Edinburgh: Royal Lyceum, until Sat 29 Mar,

Film: Star Wars Limber up your light saber for the re-released and buffed up version of George Lucas's tale of the bloke who fanCies his sister and wants to kill his father Thankfully, Obi Wan Kenobi (who thinks up these names?) is on hand to advrse yOung Skywalker against Crossmg over to the dark srde, See reVieW On general release from Fri 27 Mar

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Music: Fun Lovin' Criminals The funky the from the streets and hustle halls of NYC swagger and pimp roll their cheeky little selves into Glasgow. MiXing funk, rap and riffs With a large dose of Wise-cracking nous, the boys from Brooklyn are here to entertain. See feature, Glasgow: Barrow/and, Fri 28.

21 Mar - 3Apr 199/ THE UST3