May 27, 2005
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Biddy to direct `Idols of the King' presented by New
Stage Theatre in Jackson
JACKSON, Miss. -- Peppy Biddy, professor and director of
theater at Mississippi University for Women, will direct
the play “Idols of the King” by Ronnie Claire Edwards
and Allen Crowe.
Presented by New Stage Theatre in Jackson, “Idols of the
King” is a musical tribute to the King of Rock 'n' Roll,
his legacy, his career and his incredibly loyal fans.
Many hit songs made famous by the legendary entertainer
are featured in the show including "Blue Suede Shoes,”
"Heartbreak Hotel,” "Burning Love,” "Love Me Tender" and
"Jail House Rock." “Idols of the King” has received rave
reviews. The show has audiences clapping along, laughing
and reliving those old days of rock when "The Pelvis"
was the King.
The play opens Wednesday, June 1 and continues through
Sunday, June 12 for a 10 performance run. Curtain times
for the performances are Wednesdays through Saturdays at
7:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. on the Sunday matinees.
“Idols of the King” is sponsored by River Oaks Health
Lance Zitron, who performs the role of Elvis, recently
played the role of Lenny Bruce for the television series
“Mysteries and Scandals” for Entertainment Television (ETV).
The L.A. Weekly nominated Lance as “Best Leading Male
Actor” for his role in the play “Hound Dog” in Los
Angeles. His film credits include “Second Glance” and
“End of the Harvest.” The Free Press wrote that Zitron
“bears a striking resemblance to the young Elvis and
impersonates his singing voice so well that it’s hard to
shake the impression that the King of Rock and Roll has
returned to life.”
Patrick Benton, artistic director, said, “If you liked
`Always ... Patsy Cline,’ you'll think `Idols of the
King’ is absolutely fabulous. It's a sizzling tribute to
the King of Rock and Roll and to the fans who were
personally touched by his kindness. The show has wowed
audiences across the country and we're very proud to
present it to Jackson audiences. We're expecting a sell
out on this one, so make plans to see it now or live to
Biddy added, “It’s a real pleasure to work on this
production. I grew up watching the movies and listening
to the albums of Elvis and I’ve had the privilege to
meet Ronnie Claire the playwright when she performed her
one woman show at Mississippi University for Women.”
This is Biddy’s third association with New Stage Theatre
in Jackson. He has directed “A Grand Night for Singing”
and last year’s box office smash “Ain’t Misbehavin’.”
In July, Biddy will serve as chair of the Department of
Music and Theatre under MUW’s new academic organization
Veteran New Stage actors Jo Ann Robinson and Chris
Roebuck play a multitude of fans in the play, everything
from aging gas station owners to the youthful Las Vegas
show hopefuls to a Blue Hawaiian wedding caterer.
Creating the great musical sounds of the King are music
director Tom Jenkins and band members Big Earl Bishop,
Dwight Ross and Sherman Lee Dillon.
Ticket prices are $22 with discounts available for
students, senior citizens and groups. To purchase
tickets contact the box office, located inside the Jane
Reid Petty Theatre Center on 1100 Carlisle Street in the
Belhaven neighborhood, at (601) 948-3531. Box office
hours are from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays through
Fridays and 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Saturdays and 1 p.m.
to 3 p.m on Sundays. Tickets also are on sale for the
40th anniversary season.