Martin Fontaine is a very talented singer-actor from Montreal. He
stars in the Elvis Story, which has been tremendously successful
since 1995. Martin re-creates Elvis Presley from Elvisfs 1956 days
to a final concert appearance in 1977 and projects a Broadway-scale
illusion to the audience.
I had a dream that someday I would interview Elvis Presley and write
about him. In order to make my dream come true, I thought I should
live in the country where Elvis lived and learn the culture. I was
determined to enroll in a college in the States, graduate from it,
and find a job. In fact, I was able to do all three. But Elvis was
no longer alive when I arrived at the States. He suddenly died one
week before I departed from Japan.
In 1980 I returned to Japan from the States. While working on many
projects, including editing corporate publications, producing promotional
and advertising materials, and translations, I thought about what
my life-work would be.
The Elvis Story came to Tokyo in Spring 2003. Honestly speaking,
I did not have any great expectations when I bought a ticket for
the opening night. The Japanese media portrayed it as being nothing
more than an impersonation show. When I saw the show for the first
time, I soon realized it was not. I saw the show three times in
Tokyo and was inspired by the man on the stage who really captured
the soul of Elvis Presley. His name is Martin Fontaine.
Martin Fontaine gave me an inspiration as to what my life-work should
be. gPeople who interpret Elvis with sincerity.h I made a commitment
to myself to start a project with Martin and the Elvis Story. It
was incredibly challenging and I was ready for a challenge.
When I first emailed my request for an interview to Le Capitole
de Quebec in May 2003, I did not even know to whom it should be
directed. But, after waiting for a while, I got a response. It was
from Lyne Landry, Production Director of the Elvis Story. Since
then, we exchanged a lot of correspondence. In August, she wrote
me, gThe Elvis Story production will do their best to meet your
requests and arrange an interview schedule.h
Then, it was on September 18, 2003 in Quebec City, Canada. I explained
to Martin Fontaine about my life-work in a face-to-face meeting.
I told him that I would carry out the project on my own with no
sponsors. It would take approximately two years to complete. Then
I asked Martin why he agreed to the interview. He looked deeply
into my eyes and said, gItfs your passion. I admire your passion.h
Martin is a very sincere, honest, and charming gentleman. Over the
course of one-hour interview, he conveyed to me his passion and
love for the Elvis Story. I came to understand the background behind
the nine-year success of the Elvis Story. Martin motivated me. I
gained confidence in doing my life-work.
after the interview, I saw the show for the second time in Quebec
City. Itfs one of the greatest shows Ifve ever seen. The next
morning, Lyne came to me and asked, gDid you notice the change
in Martin?h She continued, gWhen you interviewed Martin yesterday,
he was very motivated by you. Martin thinks you are very different
from other interviewers. And this difference motivated Martin. He
While in Quebec City, I conducted interviews with other cast and
crew members, and sales people. They are indeed the Elvis Story
family. I saw the Elvis Story three times in Quebec City. In addition
to interviewing, I was allowed to visit Martin again in his private
dressing room after the show on September 19. The next morning I
left Quebec City for Tokyo.
I am preparing a special page on this website. The page will contain
a series of articles of interviews and reports on the Elvis Story
show. An account of the first group tour from Japan, which I planned
and organized, will also be included. Some incredible shots taken
by my photographer, Christopher, will be featured, selected from
among 800 cuts.
I will continue working on my life-work. I want to witness the continued
success of Martin and the Elvis Story and include it in a book.
I know that it will take considerable time to release.
I would like to express my
sincere gratitude to the following people:
¡ Mr. Martin Fontaine (Elvis, Artistic
Director): He responded passionately to my interviews. He transferred
his passion to me. Being motivated by him, I am now more assured
of accomplishing my goal.
¡ Ms. Lyne Landry (Production Director): Through her efforts, I
was able to accomplish more than I hoped for in Quebec City. She
served as my French-English interpreter when I interviewed the French-speaking
¡ Mr. Phillippe Brochu (Conductor, drums): As a conductor, he related
what the most important thing was for such a long-year presentation.
¡ Mr. Serge Turcotte (Chorus): With his words, I clearly understand
why all the cast and crew are so proud to work with Martin and the
¡ Ms. Manon Chalifour (Make-up Artist): She explained me the make-up
techniques involved. She showed me how it is easy to put on and
take off the sideburns and wigs by allowing me to do it myself.
¡ Ms. Francine Moreau (Head of Wardrobe): She told me how happy
she is working with Martin. She allowed me to try on Martinfs wardrobe.
¡ Ms. Lily Gagnon (Assistant, Wardrobe): She shared with me her
excitement in working with Martin and the Elvis Story.
¡ Ms. Melanie Pelletier (Sales Coordinator): She arranged my accommodation
for five nights and the best possible seats for the show for three
And Mr. Christopher Schulz, a photographer
from Montreal: Not only did he shoot those priceless moments for
me, he also motivated me and made me feel comfortable. He is truly
a professional photographer.