Elvis Costello Sets More Dates; Previews Musical

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Elvis-Costello-Detour-Tour-PosterAfter he finishes his European tour, Elvis Costello‘s career-spanning Detour concert program returns to the U.S. for dates this fall. The initial performances are mainly solo guitar/piano shows that will again feature the Atlanta roots rock duo of Rebecca and Megan Lowell, know as Larkin Poe, as guests on several songs. He follows that with dates with his band The Imposters.

The shows follow the success of Costello’s 2015 memoir Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink with a similar autobiographical bent. Set in a 1960s-style living room, Costello performs, reminisces and talks about his songs as a giant TV screen broadcasts family photos, pictures of his musical heroes and other personal images. The format allows the acclaimed singer and songwriter who emerged in the late 1970s new wave movement to play material from throughout his long and prolific career. A DVD and Blu-Ray from the tour in 2015, Detour Live at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, was released in February via Eagle Rock Entertainment.

In June, Costello hosted an invitation-only reading of the musical he has written with librettist Sarah Ruhl, A Face in the Crowd, based on the 1957 movie of the same name written by Budd Schulberg and directed by Elia Kazan. The film starred Andy Griffith as a homeless man who is given a radio show in Arkansas that catapults him to fame and national political demagoguery. The ever-productive Costello has written 17 songs for the play with such titles as “A Face In The Crowd,” “Town Called Riddle,” “Vitajex,” “They Call Me Mrs. Lonesome,” “Blood And Hot Sauce,” “Burn The Paper Down To Ash” and “American Mirror,” and has been including them in recent shows. The musical’s backers hope to interest Tony-winning actor Hugh Jackman in the lead role.

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Costello was also recently inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame alongside Tom Petty, Marvin Gaye, Chic’s Nile Rodgers and the late Bernard Edwards and “Wild Thing” writer Chip Taylor at a ceremony in New York City on June 9.

Elvis Costello Fall 2016 Tour Dates (Click here for tickets; if not available, try here):

Oct. 1 – New York, NY – The Town Hall
Oct. 3 – Cedar Rapids, Iowa – Paramount Theatre
Oct. 4 – Omaha, Neb. – Holland Performing Arts Center
Oct. 6 – Des Moines, Iowa – Hoyt Sherman Place
Oct. 7 – Overland Park, Kan. – Yardley Hall
Oct. 8 – Wichita, Kan. – Orpheum Theatre
Oct. 10 – Oklahoma City, Okla. – Chevy Bricktown Events Center
Oct. 11 – Dallas, Texas – Majestic Theatre
Oct. 13 – Austin, Texas – Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater
Oct. 14 – Houston, Texas – Revention Music Center
Oct. 15 – New Orleans, La. – Saenger Theatre
Oct. 17 – Nashville, Tenn. – Ryman Auditorium
Oct. 18 – Atlanta, Ga. – Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre
Oct. 22 – Atlantic City, NJ – Borgata Casino +
Oct. 23 – Bethlehem, PA – Sands Event Center +
Oct. 25 – Boston, MA – Orpheum Theatre +
Oct. 28 – Akron, OH – Akron Civic Center +
Oct. 29 – Chicago, IL – Chicago Theatre +
Oct. 30 – Ann Arbor, MI – Michigan Theatre +
Nov. 01 – Pittsburgh, PA – Heinz Hall +
Nov. 02 – Buffalo, NY – Shea’s PAC +
Nov. 03 – Washington, DC – Warner Theatre +
Nov. 05 – Wallingford, CT – Toyota Presents Oakdale +
Nov. 06 – New York, NY – Beacon Theatre +
Nov. 07 – New York, NY – Beacon Theatre +

+ with The Imposters

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