Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Grease on Broadway - Elvis on Broadway? - All Shook Up:

Dig this! Looks like the 50's are making a comeback this year with another Broadway show called "All Shook Up". It incorporates the King's hit songs into a Broadway Jukebox Musical extravaganza!

All Shook Up (musical)

Broadway jukebox musical featuring the music of the classic rock star Elvis Presley, with a book by Joe DiPietro. It opened at the Palace Theater on March 24, 2005 and closed(opened again 2007) on September 25, 2005 after 213 performances.

The musical, directed by Christopher Ashley, is based on the plot of William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. It takes place during a 24 hour period in the summer of 1955 in a small town in the American Midwest, and tells the story of Natalie, a young girl with dreams of hitting the road, and Chad, a charismatic rebel who brings rock and roll to the town and changes it forever.

Chad, a black-jacketed, rock and roll loving motorcyclist stops at the town's garage because his bike needs repair. There Natalie, the mechanic (presumably an allusion to actress Natalie Wood, an off-screen date of Elvis Presley), immediately falls for Chad but overhears him saying that he's had "a lot" of women but only goes on travels with men. So Natalie covers her hair with a hat and puts motor oil on her face to approximate a beard, instantly becoming "Ed", Chad's sidekick (perhaps an allusion to Presley's friend Nick Adams who was also a close friend to Natalie Wood). Eventually Chad falls in love with Ed.

The original Broadway cast included Cheyenne Jackson, Jenn Gambatese, and Jonathan Hadary.

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It uses material from "Wikipedia article "All_Shook_Up_Musical"

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