Elvis tribute singer coming to local venue

Doug Church as Elvis Presley.
Doug Church as Elvis Presley.

Elvis will be in the building — specifically, in the form of a tribute singer at the Downtown Cabaret Theatre in Bridgeport.

“The Voice of Elvis by Doug Church” will be performed three times on Friday and Saturday, May 16 and 17.

“Church’s voice has been widely acknowledged as being almost indistinguishable from Elvis,” according to publicity material.

Church provided the background vocals in John Paget’s award winning film documentary “Almost Elvis” and starred in “Sing Like the King,” a series of how-to videos produced by Blue Suede Films.

Began as impersonator while in military

Doug Church began his tribute career while in the U.S. Air Force, winning 11 first place trophies in annual Air Force talent contests with his renditions of the King of Rock ’n’ Roll.

Named “The World’s Best Elvis Tribute Artist” during a contest in Memphis, Church has worked on stage with such original Elvis Presley musicians and back-up singers as JD Summer and the Stamps, the Jordanaires, the Sweet Inspirations, DJ Fontana and David Fontana.

He recently was selected by RLF Victor Productions as one of two singers to reproduce the sound of Elvis Presley for the new feature film “Fame & Fortune,” the story of Memphis Mafia member and Elvis Presley bodyguard Sonny West that will be released later this year.

Performance times and tickets

Performances of “The Voice of Elvis by Doug Church” will be:

— Friday, May 16 at 7:30 p.m.

— Saturday, May 17 at 5:30 p.m.

— Saturday, May 17 at 8:30 p.m.

Each performance will be a 90-minute show performed without an intermission. The show also features Cabaret regulars Joey Pucci and the American Longboards.

Tickets are $47 each and may be purchased by phone at 203-576-1636 and online at downtowncabaret.org.

The Downtown Cabaret Theatre is 263 Golden Hill St. in downtown Bridgeport. Doors will open 30 minutes prior to show time. The venue is wheelchair accessible.