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At Last: The Etta James Story

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Mon 3 Feb 2014, 7:00pm
Sun 9 Feb 2014, 7:00pm

Where: Sydney Opera House, 1 Macquarie St, Circular Quay, New South Wales

Restrictions: All Ages

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  • General Admission: $79.00
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At Last: The Etta James Story

Returns to Sydney Opera House: Following a Smash-hit National Tour

“A triumph” - The Sydney Morning Herald
"Powerhouse performance" - The Age
"At Last was simply show-stopping"- Theatre People
“Brought the house down” - The West Australian


The sensational Vika Bull and the Essential R & B Band return to Sydney to enthral audiences once again with the story of one of the most influential soul singers of all time: Etta James.

Written by critically acclaimed UK author John Livings, At Last: The Etta James Story premiered at Melbourne’s Athenaeum Theatre on 19 February 2013 (just over a year after Etta James’ death in January 2012), then played a sell-out season at Sydney Opera House in April before touring to Perth, Brisbane and Adelaide.

Sydney audiences are in for a treat next year when At Last: The Etta James Story returns for 7 shows only playing in the Drama Theatre, Sydney Opera House from 3 to 9 February 2014.

Vika Bull is a commanding singer with an impressive career, having sung alongside some of the Australia’s most iconic voices including Paul Kelly, John Farnham, Tim Finn and The Black Sorrows, and supported world famous musicians Bob Dylan, Sting, Joe Cocker and Billy Joel.

“Etta James has had a huge influence on my musical journey. Someone played her record to me when I had just started performing, and from then on I was hooked. She had a voice so powerful it could knock you over, and I just love her sassy cheekiness on stage!” says Ms Bull.

The narrative concert will see Vika put her heart into telling the story of Etta’s turbulent life and give over her soul to voice Etta’s most beloved songs including ‘Tell Mama,’ ‘Something’s Got A Hold On Me’, ‘Sugar On the Floor’, the heart rending ‘I’d Rather Go Blind’, her iconic signature song ‘At Last’ and many more.

Etta James’ prolific career was shadowed by recurring problems with drug addiction; her time spent playing to thousands of fans juxtaposed with periods inside several prisons and rehab clinics.

“Like many famous musicians Etta had a tough life, but she kept on coming back - singing and performing until she became ill in 2010. Now, a year after her death we are telling her story, and all I can say is I hope I can do her justice,” says Ms Bull.

Producers Moira Bennett and Simon Myers from Room8 and Harley Medcalf from Duet are thrilled to have Vika Bull tell the story of Etta James.

“Vika is a phenomenal singer – her voice has a similar raw strength and depth of emotion to Etta’s, and that combined with her depth of experience in the music industry make her the perfect fit,” says Ms Bennett.

Vika has maintained a successful music career since the 1980s, when she and her sister Linda helped The Black Sorrows to achieve multi-platinum status. Since then they have released their own albums (the first produced by Paul Kelly) and performed on some of the biggest stages in the world.

In the 1990s Etta became recognized as one of the first to bridge the gap between rhythm & blues, rock & roll and pop. She has since inspired the careers of a new generation of artists such as Christina Aguilera, Joss Stone, Amy Winehouse and Adele.

Backed by the sizzling Essential R&B Band, Vika Bull will sing Etta James songs with raw emotion, punctuated by an intimate telling of Etta’s tumultuous life.