Presley returns to Playhouse Square

Elvis Presley would be 83 years old on Monday, and Playhouse Square will celebrate The King’s birthday with a tribute concert on Sunday.

This is the 17th year for the Elvis Birthday Tribute, which re-creates the memorable Elvis eras from his rockabilly beginnings through the Las Vegas comeback years. Three Elvis re-creators will perform a total of 50 songs popularized by Presley.

Shawn Klush has been acclaimed as the No. 1 Elvis performer in the country and was featured in the 1999 CBS-TV movie “Shake Rattle & Roll.” He was the winner of the Worldwide Elvis Competition and currently stars as Elvis in “Legends in Concert,” alternating in the show’s Las Vegas, Atlantic City, Branson, Seattle and Myrtle Beach venues.

Ryan Pelton’s uncanny resemblance to Elvis was noticed as far back as his preteen years. Even as a U.S. Marine with his head shaved, the drill instructors nicknamed him “Elvis.” Pelton went on to become the 2000 Worldwide Elvis Impersonator Champ in Memphis, Tenn.

Cody Ray Slaughter, who began impersonating Elvis at the age of 13, went on to win The People’s Choice Award at the Elvis Week 2008 as part of the Images of the King Competition. He also played Presley on Broadway in the musical “Million Dollar Quartet.”

The concert starts at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Connor Palace, 1519 Euclid Ave., Cleveland. Tickets are $47, $37, $27 and $10 and are available online at playhousesquare.org and by calling 216-241-6000.

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