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LOVE ME TENDER, , Director and Choreographer - Karen Bruce, Set design - Morgan Large, Costume design - Vicky Gill, Lighting - James Whiteside, Manchester Opera House, Manchester ,2015, Credit: Johan Persson/ (32517488) MICA Paris laughs as she recalls an old Jamaican expression.
“The higher the monkey climbs the tree the more the a*** is exposed,” says the soul singer, laughing.
Set in a small town in fifties America, Mica plays Sylvia the barmaid.
Sylvia helps contain the havoc when a guitar-playing, hip-swivelling stranger rides his motorbike into town. "The story is derived from Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night and is set over twenty four hours in Sylvia's bar, as different people come in and out with their multiple love stories,” says Mica.
"What attracted me most to this show was the character of Sylvia. It’s only now she thinks I’ve made it because I’m singing Elvis material. People forget that Elvis was brought up in the Pentecostal Church, which is where his soulful sound came from.
Sylvia is me with an American accent.” The show is packed with Elvis songs. “I was brought up with gospel as well.” Mica, was raised by her grandparents, who were religious ministers. My grandmother used to say, ‘Look, you’re going to get battered a bit and that (music) industry will eat you up and break you in two.
But it will all come good.” Mica’s powerful voice wasn’t always in harmony with record business bosses.
“The business was all about fitting into a mould and I didn’t fit in easily.