Where does good money go to die….Attack of the Elvis Impersonators, now playing at Theatre Row’s Lion. From the moment this problematic show starts, you can tell the producers have big pockets. The set, fabulous and abundant costumes by Tracy Christensen are extremely well done. Benjamin Rauhala who musically conducted, arranged and orchestrated, had no chance to succeed, when the score is Mr. Rodger’s tuneful and the lyrics abominable. Lory Lazarus who created this tragic show (book, music and lyrics) was one of the writers for Barney, that hideous purple dinosaur from the 90’s. Here Ms. Lazarus has resurrected Barney as Elvis.
Also why it is called Attack of the Elvis Impersonators is beyond me, because it really has nothing to do with what you think it does. We follow Drac Frenzie (Eric Sciotto), an Alice Cooper type rock star, who is at the top of his game. Suddenly due to a necklace from his childhood he is convinced he’s been body snatched by Elvis. Overnight he changes his look, his message and his wild ways. He meets Zonk TV host Prissy Bordeaux (Laura Woyasz) who becomes his new girlfriend, because she has a crush on Drac and her name is like Pricilla’s. In the meantime Drac’s biggest fan was the Anti-Christ (Jim Borstelmann), who is now pissed that his favorite idol has gone “Heavenly.” The Anti-Christ kidnaps Prissy on her wedding day and Elvis has to free her. In the meantime his followers have all donned these demented looking masks to become Elvis and howl.
Don Stephenson directs this mess and Melissa Zaremba has over choreographed for this postage stamp of a stage.
The show handed out these horrifying masks and wanted us to howl. The only thing I howled for was joy to be released from this over 2 hour twister.
Attack of the Elvis Impersonators:Theatre Row’s Lion Theatre, 41o West 42nd St. until September 24th.