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June 26, 1988 | ROBERT HILBURN
Terry Mike Jeffrey and Julian Whitaker are exactly the type of obsessed Elvis Presley fans that the producers of "Elvis: An American Musical" are counting on. Jeffrey was 15 in 1969 when he talked his parents into giving him bus money to ride here from his home in Paducah, Ky., just to see Elvis in concert. The enterprising teen-ager maneuvered his way backstage, past the security guards, to actually shake hands with the King. Jeffrey, now 34, still proudly clings to a color photo of the moment.
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June 26, 1988 | ROBERT HILBURN
Terry Mike Jeffrey and Julian Whitaker are exactly the type of obsessed Elvis Presley fans that the producers of "Elvis: An American Musical" are counting on. Jeffrey was 15 in 1969 when he talked his parents into giving him bus money to ride here from his home in Paducah, Ky., just to see Elvis in concert. The enterprising teen-ager maneuvered his way backstage, past the security guards, to actually shake hands with the King. Jeffrey, now 34, still proudly clings to a color photo of the moment.
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April 5, 1989 | JAN HERMAN, Times Staff Writer
If proof was needed that theatergoers will flock to see a quality musical, the national touring company of "Into the Woods" provided it at the Orange County Performing Arts Center. The Stephen Sondheim-James Lapine hit set a house record for the Center's Broadway Series last month with its weeklong run.
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March 30, 1989 | MIKE BOEHM, Times Staff Writer
There isn't a set of recordings more startling or enduring than the ones a then-unknown Elvis Presley made in 1954 for Sun Records. Wild and confident, with a force of personality that was pure because it had nothing to do with making an image and everything to do with just letting a fresh self leap into being for a free moment of expression, Elvis embodied and defined the alpha and omega of rock 'n' roll, right there in producer Sam Phillips' Memphis studio.
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March 30, 1989 | JAN HERMAN, Times Staff Writer
You probably didn't realize this, but Elvis Presley was central to every social revolution of his time from civil rights to the banana split. At least that is what the creators of "Elvis: A Musical Celebration" would have us believe. So let's forget all the pre-show puffery about their self-proclaimed intent "to put him in a context." What they have created, in fact, is a triumph of kitsch. Theatrically, this $3-million apotheosis of a rock star represents the ultimate in packaging.
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March 24, 1989 | ANN CONWAY
The buzz: "It's about time." That's what movers and shakers are saying about the salute to James Roosevelt planned for May 20 at the Irvine Hilton and Towers. Chapman College is planning the gala benefit dinner, which has Sen. Pete Wilson heading up an honorary committee that includes former Presidents Richard M. Nixon and Gerald R. Ford; Peter Ueberroth; Gov. George Deukmejian; Athalie Clarke, and Barbara Grant, widow of actor Cary Grant.
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July 4, 1988 | STEVE POND
Elvis Presley may be alive and well at the Burger King in Kalamazoo, Mich., but the next best thing is on the stage of the Las Vegas Hilton. That, at least, is the idea behind "Elvis: An American Musical," a multimedia theatrical revue based on the life, the times and mostly the music of the rock 'n' roll king.
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March 28, 1989 | RICK VANDERKNYFF, Times Staff Writer
The debate rages on: Is Elvis alive and, if so, is he still the Burger King of Rock 'n' Roll? The personality cult surrounding Elvis Presley, whose 1977 death spawned a legion of impersonators in lounges across America, continues to take on bizarre new dimensions, especially since the 1988 publication of the much-publicized book "Is Elvis Alive?" set off a spate of Presley sightings from a guest room at Graceland to a Burger King in Kalamazoo, Mich.
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