That’s all right! Stage is set for Leeds performer Penelope in Elvis musical

Penelope Carroll.
Penelope Carroll.
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Elvis Presley fan Penelope Carroll is feeling all shook up after landing THREE roles in a new musical about her idol.

Penelope, a 37-year-old singer and performer from Roundhay in Leeds, has been a fan of Elvis and his music since the age of 15.

And she is now set to make her professional stage debut as part of the ensemble cast of King & Colonel when the show visits the Lowry arts centre in Manchester this Thursday and Friday.

It tells the story of Presley’s meteoric rise to rock ‘n’ roll fame and his relationship with his controversial manager Colonel Tom Parker.

Penelope will play the part of Marion Keisker, who worked at Sun Studio in Memphis and is credited by some with helping to discover the young Elvis.

She will also play Hollywood starlet Debra Paget, who featured alongside Presley in his debut film Love Me Tender.

And, completing the hat-trick, she will take her place in a 1950s girl group who appear singing harmony on US TV’s Ed Sullivan Show during act two of the musical.

Penelope, who spent five years living in Presley’s native Tennessee after graduating from university, told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “I’m so proud and slightly humbled to be involved with this production, it really is something special.

“It’s a particular thrill to have the chance to play Marion Keisker, as to the best of my knowledge she has never been portrayed on stage before.”

Performing isn’t the only string to Penelope’s creative bow, however.

She has previously also turned her hand to making jewellery and her work – inspired by the look of vintage Hollywood – was given the seal of approval by Elvis’s former wife Priscilla when they met during a Presley-themed Mediterranean cruise in 2013.

For more details about her career, visit the website.

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