BALKAN ELVIS – Aloha from Dubrovnik by Blue Leaf


In this brand-new show, festival favourite and alternative cabaret legend Mikelangelo (Michael Simic) gives the King an almighty resurrection, bringing him back to life in a way you’ve never seen before.

Aloha from Dubrovnik reimagines how Elvis’s life would have played out had he been born in Yugoslavia in the 1970s. With rock’n’roll illegal in communist Eastern Europe, the Balkan Elvis flees his war-torn homeland to build a new life in Australia. Becoming a husband and father, he tries to leave behind his dreams of stardom. But this isn’t as easy as it seems.

Following the story of Johnny Presley as he faces his fate and prepares to return to the stage as the Balkan Elvis, Aloha from Dubrovnik is the sequel to the acclaimed Balkan Elvis production Eastern Bloc Rock. This is an intimate and engaging evening of musical storytelling with one of modern cabaret’s great talents. Melding his Croatian father’s life story with the life of the King, Simic has come up with a highly original and deeply personal production infused with humour, emotion and great music. Directed by Sam Strong (Boy Swallows Universe), with musical accompaniment by Dave Evans (The Band Who Knew Too Much).

Simic has toured nationally and internationally for over 20 years as both a solo artist and with his long running group, Mikelangelo and the Black Sea Gentlemen. He’s played packed houses from the Sydney Opera House to London’s West End to the backstreets of Budapest and has released 13 independent albums across a myriad of projects.

Aloha from Dubrovnik sees Simic work once again with celebrated director Sam Strong following their first collaboration on Kate Mulvany Masquerade in 2015. Simic co-composed the Helpmann award nominated score, performing it live in the production with Mikelangelo and the Black Sea Gentlemen.


Touring window: August 
Fee: $3,000 + $500 for technical equipment + 10% Royalties + GST 
Artform: Music, Storytelling 
Ideal for: Elvis fans, families, seniors, lovers of cabaret & live music

This hunka-hunka Balkan love puts an inspired spin on the King of Rock’n’roll.

1st Aug 2022

Blue Leaf
Duration: 90 minutes
Artform: Music
Booking info:
Contact Anna Kennedy
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Date Venue Location More info
1st Aug 2022 Regional Arts Victoria 370 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne, 3000