Legendary Stage Tributes: Legends in Concert returns to Blue Chip Casino for third visit of Las Vegas favorites

2013-10-11T00:00:00Z Legendary Stage Tributes: Legends in Concert returns to Blue Chip Casino for third visit of Las Vegas favoritesBy Philip Potempa philip.potempa@nwi.com, (219) 852-4327 nwitimes.com

Entertainer Chad Collins says he never tires of sharing the spotlight with his famous entertainment alter-egos.

Collins, who now calls Las Vegas home, but is originally from Nashville, is touring with Legends in Concert, which ranks as the original and largest live celebrity tribute stage show in the world.

For this visit, when Legends returns to Blue Chip Casino, Hotel and Spa in Michigan City next week, Oct. 17-19 in the Stardust Event Center, he'll assume the hip-swiveling identity of Elvis Presley.

When he last played at the Blue Chip with Legends in 2011, he had his trademark cowboy hat firmly in place as Tim McGraw.

"I really think I could also be a great Brad Paisley," Givens said Tuesday, speaking by telephone from Sin City.

"I'm also a fan of Brad's music. I've actually had some talks with our producers about considering me for a Brad tribute as part of the show."

The live performance tribute show, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary as the longest-running family-friendly production show in the history of Las Vegas, features performers who virtually transform, in every detail, into the celebrity superstars they portray.

When the show first came to Blue Chip in October 2009, it became an instant sell-out and crowd-pleaser.

For this visit, artists performing are Chad Collins as Elvis, Kate Steele as Lady Gaga, Damian Brantley as Michael Jackson and Steve McCoy as Tom Jones.

The show has become famous for not only the precise impersonations, but also the elaborate theatrical sets, costumes and full array of incredible special effects, including three-dimensional multimedia and multimillion dollar, state-of-the-art lighting, laser and sound systems.

Talented back-up singers and dancers join a live orchestra of top musicians in the industry every night.

"Audiences around the world love the excitement of Legends in Concert and the performances by the top tribute artists in the business," said Brian Brigner, Chief Operating Officer of On Stage Entertainment, producers of Legends in Concert. "We're thrilled to return to Blue Chip with these amazing artists, backed by talented dancers and a live orchestra, direct from Las Vegas."

"Our pledge is to offer the highest quality live entertainment and production values at affordable prices and this, along with a continually rotating talent lineup, is what draws audiences to 'Legends,' and keeps them coming back."

Currently, Brigner has more than 80 "celebrities" for both the Las Vegas show and the touring acts, from Britney Spears, Bette Midler, Liza Minnelli and Liberace to Jerry Lee Lewis, David Bowie, Bobby Darin and Madonna.

As for Collins, who joined Legends in 2008 and has lived in Las Vegas since 2004, he said he's found capturing the persona for playing The King is a mix of self-confidence and attitude, with also a blend of just the right amount of "boy-ish and vulnerable" qualities.

He said he's also grateful he doesn't have to dance as much with "tricky foot moves" as some of the other performers, especially the man behind Legends' Michael Jackson.

"Damian is the best at Michael Jackson and I think Northwest Indiana and everyone from Jackson's hometown of Gary will appreciate what Legends showcases with our Michael Jackson tribute," Collins said.

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