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All Shook Up Comes to Canberra

By johnboy - 12 May 2009 0

[First filed: May 11, 2009 @ 08:53]

From the producers:

    ALL SHOOK UP mixes a new musical comedy with a whole lot of The King, and guarantees that your entire family will be jumpin’ out of their blue suede shoes!

    The action is set in Smalltown, USA circa 1955. When “a rolling roustabout with a song in his soul and an eye for the ladies” rambles into town on his motorcycle, guitar slung over the leather jacket on his back, everyone eventually responds with new attitudes and welcome results.

    Just as in most lighthearted comedies, everyone falls under love’s spell, but in this production its with the “wrong” person. Dennis, the town nerd, loves grease monkey Natalie, who loves the roustabout, Chad, who’s fallen for the museum curator Miss Sandra, who’s a sucker for men bearing poetry, but not for Jim, the man who pines for her. It gets even more complicated, however, because—just like in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night—there’s a character who undergoes some gender-bending in order to get close to the one she loves. Add to all that the changing cultural climate of 1950s America and you get “The best retro rock show since Grease” (NBC).

    ALL SHOOK UP is not a show about Elvis, but definitely is a tribute to his legend and his music, and uses the songs he made famous to give insight into the madness of falling in love. The show features 24 classic Presley hits including “Heartbreak Hotel,” “Burning Love,” “Jailhouse Rock,” “Blue Suede Shoes,” “It’s Now or Never,” “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” and “Don’t Be Cruel.”

    Directed by RON DOWD who also directed The Wall for Supa; he joins CAT Award winners GARRICK SMITH (musical director) and JACQUI RICHARDS (choreographer) to present this fun filled music.

    ANU Arts Centre – 15TH – 30TH MAY –Tickets: adults $38, Conc $32 Child (up to16) $25.00 Book at: Canberra Rep – 62571950 On line: www.canberrarep.org.au

And now the good news. We’ve got a double pass to opening night for a lucky premium member. Just email root@the-riotact.com before 5pm on Tuesday 12 May 2009 with your userid to be in the draw.

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