[First filed: May 15, 2009 @ 11:00]
Supa Productions are currently advertising their latest production “All Shook Up” with us. Last night they were kind enough to let me go to a rehearsal, allowing for a review pre-opening night.
All Shook Up is part of the new wave of rock musicals where (normally dead) artists with a much loved body of work get their songs shoe-horned into enough of a story to get from one song to the next.
So in this case the beloved artist is Elvis Presley and the story it’s been shoe-horned into is Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night.
But the whole point of these things is to look at the pretty people and enjoy the songs.
So it’s fortunate that the cast are exceptionally good looking and the singing is superb.
The closing number of the first act, “Can’t Help Falling in Love” literally had every hair on my body standing on end.
There’s also plenty of funny lines well delivered, and an extraordinary collection of cool biker jackets.
Roy Hukari is very, very good as the elvis-esque “Chad”, but for mine Emilie Van Os steals the show with an incandescent performance as Natalie.
If you like your musical theatre with an emphasis on the music, or if you just love Elvis songs, it’s well worth checking out.
It’s running from tonight until 30 May. Booking details on the Supa Website.
(Oh, and congratulations to Mirage3, our premium member who won the two tickets to opening night tonight)