There’s a nervous energy in the audience before All Shook Up starts. Everyone has a favorite Elvis song, even the teenagers attending the show. A lot pre-show conversation centers on the music, which is clearly the draw.
Immediately after the tremendous opening number, the audience settled in for an enjoyable ride. The multi-layered performances let the audience know early on that the music was in good hands. All Shook Up uses 24 Elvis songs as the soundtrack, but the play also draws from Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. It’s an unusual mix that works well, to the audience’s delight.
The story brings Chad, a black lather jacketed “roustabout,” to a small Midwestern town. Natalie, the local mechanic with big dreams, is immediately smitten when she sees the exotic, worldly Chad. Much of the musical centers around the townspeople and their dreams. They don’t seem to understand the options they have and how to use those options to make their dreams come true.
At its core, All Shook Up is the story about finding your way and making your own happiness. Elvis’ songs help each character work out his or her inner turmoil to the happy ending you expect. Along the way there are twists and turns leading to lots and lots of laughter.
This is a musical all family members will enjoy. The younger members will relate to Natalie’s quest and Jim’s attempts to romance Natalie. The older members will reminisce about the music and laugh at the meddling Mayor Matilda Hyde, who has her own secret revealed in a really funny moment. Everyone loved Lorraine’s sassy style and huge voice. From start to finish, All Shook Up is a fun way to spend some family time.
The show runs through August 16. For more information or tickets, visit http://www.theatreatthecenter.com/.
Shari writes about life with twins at Two Times the Fun. Image courtesy of the Theatre at the Center.
Disclosure: I did receive media passes to attend the musical. My words and opinions are my own.
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