Jeff Labrecque
March 28, 2005 AT 05:00 AM EST

All Shook Up

type
Stage
Current Status
In Season
run date
03/24/05
performer
Cheyenne Jackson, Jenn Gambatese
director
Christopher Ashley
author
Joe DiPietro

We gave it a B+

In this whimsical tribute to Elvis Presley’s music, small-town fools rush in to a tangled web of romantic comedy that marries the King to the Bard. When Chad (Cheyenne Jackson), a guitar-toting roustabout with blue suede shoes, blows into a tumbleweed town suffocating with morality, his pelvic thrusts jar the repressed residents into following their dreams. Natalie, the motherless motorcycle mechanic, falls for Chad, who falls for Miss Sandra, who falls for Ed, who is really (Twelfth Night alert) Natalie disguised as a man. While songs like ”Jailhouse Rock” and ”A Little Less Conversation” are the stars, Joe DiPietro’s piquant script gives the show a freshness that old Elvis movies never had.

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