INTERVIEW: Mica Paris speaks about her new role in musical Love Me Tender
PUBLISHED: 10:53 10 August 2015 | UPDATED: 10:53 10 August 2015
‘My upbringing was Elvis’.
Soul singer Mica Paris will be singing the hits of The King as she stars in Love Me Tender - a musical featuring a number of well-loved Elvis Presley songs.
The show will be making its way to Bromley later this month.
Ms Paris shot to fame on the musical scene when she was 18, releasing her platinum-selling album So Good in 1988.
And she said that she was hugely enjoying being a part of the show - which she says will surprise audiences.
“The show is so not what you think it is,” she said.
“The minute you hear Elvis you immediately assume that it’s an Elvis tribute show, but it’s not like that at all.
“It’s two and a half hours of joking, laughing and music. It’s a really feel good show.”
Love Me Tender is set in the 1950s, in a small American town.
It tells the story of a guitar-playing stranger who rides his motorbike into town, leaving the townsfolk ‘All Shook Up’.
“It’s quite a dreary town and this guy turns up and he injects this life into it,” Ms Paris added.
“Everyone starts falling in love with each other!”
And Ms Paris said there were a huge number of similarities between herself and the character that she will be playing.
“My character is called Sylvia. It was very easy for me to play her because she reminds me of me, just with an American accent,” she said.
“She owns a bar and everyone comes in and shares their cares.”
Ms Paris will be starring alongside actors including Sian Reeves - well known for her roles in Cutting It and Emmerdale, Ben Lewis and former Eastenders’ star Shaun Williamson - who will be playing her love interest Jim.
“It’s a great cast, and a great story,” she said.
And she has been really enjoying singing Elvis songs on stage - with hits such as Hound Dog, All Shook Up, Heartbreak Hotel and Blue Suede Shoes included in the show.
She grew up with his music, as her mother was a huge fan.
“For me, my upbringing was Elvis,” she said.
“It doesn’t feel like a departure, it feels like something I have always done. It’s just a more gospel version of how he would sing it.”
As well as this the play also addresses issues such as segregation and interracial relationships.
“All of that is tackled in a way that is so light-hearted, you are laughing and taking it in at the same time,” said Ms Paris.
“It’s tackling all of these things but not in a way that it is too intense.
“It’s a very interesting, fun show but underlying it you think about those people and how things have changed.”
She said a range of people had been coming along to enjoy the performance.
“There are really young people and kids all the way up to pensioners. To see that spectrum of age groups is incredible,” she said.
“It takes you back to young love and the unrequited love that we have all experienced.”
Love Me Tender will be at the Churchill Theatre from August 31 to September 5.
For more information or to book you can visit www.atgtickets.com/bromley or call the box office on 0844 871 7620.