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'All the King’s Women'

Article Published: Aug. 23, 2012 | Modified: Sep. 4, 2012
'All the King’s Women'

The Ensemble Stage cast of ‘All the King’s Women’ includes, from left, Dana Scott Rae, Burlene Franklin and Hilary Wheeless.

Photo by Jeff Eason

Thirty-five years after the death of Elvis Presley, the magic of his career continues to intrigue music lovers.

Songs, such as “Love Me Tender” and “All Shook Up,” sound as fresh and beguiling today as the day they first blasted out of dance hall jukeboxes in the 1950s.

The mastery and mystery of Elvis is explored in the new Ensemble Stage Company production, “All the King’s Women.”

The play, examining the impact of Presley through the eyes of 17 different women, opens at the Blowing Rock School Auditorium on Saturday, Aug. 25.

Written by Luigi Jannuzzi and directed by Gary Lee Smith, “All the King’s Women” stars Derek Gagnier, Burlene Franklin, Dana Scott Rae and Hilary Wheeless.

“All the King’s Women” explores Elvis Presley’s relationship with a variety of women in his life, from the shop owner in Tupelo, Miss., where Elvis bought a guitar instead of the BB gun he wanted, to women he encountered on “The Steve Allen Show” and in the Oval Office with Richard Nixon.
The play shows the playful, generous and often warm-hearted side of one of America’s biggest musical legends.

For the Ensemble Stage production, former Elvis Presley impersonator Mack Gaddy will have a collection of Elvis memorabilia on display, including an Elvis figurine decanter and a white jumpsuit modeled after Elvis’ famous Viva Las Vegas outfit.

Tickets and Times

“All the King’s Women” will be staged at the Blowing Rock School Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 25; at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26; at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 28; at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 31; at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1; at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 2; and at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 3.

Tickets are $17 for adults, $15 for seniors, military personnel and students, and $10 for children 16 and younger.

For more information, or to reserve tickets, call Ensemble Stage at (828) 414-1844 or visit

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