The Rocket Man Show

Simply put – this is Elton! It was Rus Anderson’s own live production ‘The Rocket Man Show’ which got him noticed and chosen as Elton John’s official body double for his ‘Farewell Yellow Brick Road‘ world tour videos & photos! Performing to a packed house three years ago in Vero Beach, Anderson returns with the authentic Elton John tribute show in the world on Thursday, February 20 at 7 p.m. on The Emerson Center stage.

In the concert, Rus recreates the magic & live persona of a young Elton like no other…storming around the stage with a fun-loving sense of flamboyance; part diva, part soccer player, killer vocalist, fierce piano player, all rock & roller. His painstaking attention to detail includes wearing gorgeous, colorful & spectacular costumes (many worn by Elton) including his iconic boots, glasses & jumpsuits from 1973, as well as a sparkly Swarovski tuxedo from 1984. It is an extremely sincere, visual, theatrical, funny & interactive show, but most of all it is musically beautiful. There are ballads & driving rock songs. Audiences laugh, cry, sing & dance as they recall the highs & lows of Elton’s legendary concerts. Remember when rock was young? You will after this show!

In its 7th concert season close to home, LIVE! From Vero Beach is presented by Cindy O’Dare and Fenia Hiaasen. Show sponsors are: Joe & Denise Corr, Catherine Sullivan, The Audiohouse, CenterState, Harmony Reserve and Ocean Grill. The non-profit partner for this show is the Cultural Council of Indian River County, the source for things to do in Vero Beach and Sebastian. This includes culturalevents, fine art exhibitions, concerts, lectures, films, theatre, dance, opera, live music, community events, festival and fairs and children’s events through education, collaboration, marketing and advocacy.

The other performers this season include Classic Albums Live:  “Creedence Clearwater Revival”-Chronicle, Vol. 1-Thurs., Feb 27; “Live and Let Die”-The Music of Paul McCartney-Thurs., Mar. 5; The Kingston Trio-Thurs., Mar. 12; “Broken Arrow”-A Neil Young Tribute-Thurs., Mar. 19; “Space Oddity”-The Ultimate David Bowie Concert Experience-Thurs., Mar 26; Classic Albums Live:  “Fleetwood Mac’s Greatest Hits”-Thurs., Apr. 2; and “Peter Asher” of Peter and Gordon Fame-Thurs., Apr. 9.

Tickets are on sale now for all concerts. A special ticket discount of 15% off is offered for the purchase of 20 or more tickets (to one or more concerts) in one purchase and will be automatic at time of purchase with no code necessary. For Best Seats…Buy Tickets Now! Visit the website for available seating locations and ticket prices: or call (800) 595-4849

Sponsors, in addition to the presenting sponsors include Hampton Inn & Suites Downtown, MID-Florida Credit Union, New Vision Eye Center, A.C. and Ann Starkey and Springhill Suites By Marriott.  Non-profit partners include, Emerson Center, Grand Harbor Community Outreach, Indian River Land Trust, Quail Valley Charities, VNA & Hospice Foundation and The Mental Health Association in IRC. In-kind sponsors include ABC Printing as the Printing sponsor and Majestic Theatre as the Screen Sponsor. 

The Emerson Center is conveniently located on the campus of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Vero Beach, on the SE corner of 16th Street and 27th Avenue in Vero Beach. This show is produced by Rusty Young and Stacey Kasselman Young of MusicWorks, Inc. and Bev and Marty Paris of Paris Productions.  Doors open at 6 p.m; Seating at 6:30 p.m. Come early and purchase drinks and snacks from the Emerson Center lobby bar. An elevator to the 2nd floor balcony is available as well as listening devices from the Emerson Center office. For more information call 772-234-4412.

Nikki Kalin
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