Anyone who saw the 1992 film Honeymoon in Vegas, starring Nicolas Cage, will remember the Flying Elvis’ sky diving team.
Elvis may have left the building, or plane in this case, but there’s still a hunk of burning love for the King.
Celebrated Canadian Elvis impersonator Darren Lee is leaving his long-time place on the Sin City entertainment stage, and is in Vernon this weekend to perform at Lake City Casino.
“Darren Lee is the longest running Elvis in the history of the Las Vegas strip, having performed for 11 consecutive years in the American Superstars show at the Stratosphere Hotel & Casino,” said Cris Schandl, president of Sonic Flower Entertainment and Management Group, who is bringing Lee to Vernon.
Probably known best this side of the border for being the first Elvis tribute to completely re-create Presley’s 1968 comeback special at Vancouver’s Queen Elizabeth and Burnaby’s Michael. J Fox theatres, Lee not only has an uncanny resemblance to Elvis, he has the spot-on moves and vocals that made him a star in Vegas.
After his decade-long starring role at the Stratosphere, Lee, who was born in Edmonton, has returned to his Canadian roots and says he looking forward to the next phase of his professional career. He is currently performing around the country, and plans to take his tribute to the King worldwide, and more importantly, he is a new father to twin girls.
Lee’s record run in Vegas started when he won the World Elvis Contest in Memphis, Tenn. on the 20th anniversary of Presley’s death Aug.16, 1997.
He soon joined the cast of the Vegas ensemble show, which has seen many line-up changes over the years. Lee’s Elvis segment was a constant through the years, bringing fans to their feet nightly with his powerful tribute to the King.
Some notable highlights in Canada prior to his departure to the bright lights of Vegas include receiving the 1998 Tri-Cities Entertainer of the Year Award, along with a special recognition award as a result of his Memphis World Elvis title.
Lee’s performance in the Lake City Casino’s Vista Room takes place Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $40 for two, available at the Lake City Casino guest services desk and at the door.