Each of the “Legends” not only looks and sounds like the celebrity they portray; they literally take on the persona of the original performer as the result of painstakingly practicing their craft. Every detail is taken into consideration from choreography to hair, wardrobe, makeup and mannerisms.
Legends in Concert Waikiki draws upon an extensive array of tribute artists and is able to revise the lineup of performers every six to twelve months. Although key artists such as “Elvis” will always be a highlight of each show, the occasional changes in tribute performers allow our many repeat guests to see a “new” concert on virtually every visit.
Here’s our current lineup of artists:
Johnny Fortuno, portraying Elvis Presley, was born and raised in Wahiawa, Hawaii. Johnny’s remarkable talent was recognized by the legendary Don Ho, who developed a position for Johnny in his own Waikiki show. Johnny was later selected as a headline act and traveled the world as an Elvis tribute artist. In 2011, Johnny won the Las Vegas preliminary round of the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest, presented by Elvis Presley Enterprises.
Corey Melton, as Michael Jackson, started singing and dancing at age three, perfecting his craft alongside some of the most élite in show business. His love of performing and magical energy has helped to amaze audiences of all ages. ”If there is an opportunity to excite and a chance to mesmerize, I’m all over it,” says Corey. ”The desire to do those things has led me to my portrayal of Michael Jackson. My purpose is to give people another chance to relive the ‘Thriller.”’
Kimberly Goltry, as Madonna, began performing professionally at age ten. She was issued a scholarship at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion of the Performing Arts in Los Angeles, as well as a scholarship with the Philip Nolen Acting Institute in New York. Her talent has taken her around the world, and her passion and performance expertise are showcased for our guests in her portrayal of Madonna.
Katie Murdock, portraying Britney Spears, grew up with her family’s singing group in Utah and has been “wow-ing” audiences since the age of two. Her vocal and dancing talent, plus an uncanny similarity to the pop star led her to try her hand as a Britney tribute artist in 2005, and even landed her an appearance on the Ellen DeGeneres show. Trading places with the real Britney Spears, who will reside in Las Vegas in the Fall, Katie hopes guests will enjoy her version of the “princess of pop.”
Superlative Supporting Cast
Those who are familiar with the performing arts understand the powerful role of supporting cast members. During each Legends concert, audience members constantly shift their gaze among the featured artists, the fabulous dancers and background singers, the talented live band, and the “wow’s” created by the stage props.
Two 42-foot tall screens on the sides of the stage and a huge screen at the back of the stage act as canvases on which hundreds of images and effects are projected. Along with the visual presentations, floral scents waft through the showroom at strategic times during in the show, contributing to a unique multi-sensory experience.
Thousands of hours of preparation by a talented team of professional have been devoted to the show, including Emmy Award-winning lighting designer Gregg Maltby.
Guests rave about the large group of dancers and the show’s rocking musicians. The dancers and five-piece live band elevate the show to a level well above any other in Waikiki. Numerous challenging jazz dance numbers, an exciting Tahitian set, and delightful hula segments require that Legends dancers possess a broad range of talent and incredible stamina . . . and be “quick change artists,” too. The 75-minute show requires hundreds of costume changes by cast members!