Thursday, August 16, 2012

8/16/12: All Shook Up at the North Shore Music Theatre

Last night we were able to attend All Shook Up at the North Shore Music Theatre.  What a fun show that makes you want to get up and dance.  The Elvis music was wonderful and I am still singing the songs today.  Plus I have an extra surprise, they announced the lineup for next year, read on to see what is coming up. 
 Greeting us outside were some cool classic cars to put you in the mood for a show set in the 50's. 
I really liked this car. 
 So cool.
I said it before and I will say it again, the North Shore Music Theatre is a beautiful venue.  I love the outdoor seating you can see here and the two restaurants they have.  It is a casual environment and I love that.  Plus the action is all around you as it is a Theatre in the round.   
The show is going on for the next two weeks so you can still buy tickets. Shows are going on until August 26th. You can also play a game here and be entered to win an All Shook Up VIP ticket Package including 4 tickets and dinner. 
 I wasn't allowed to take photos but here are some press courtesy photos taken by Paul Lyden.  Here are the two main characters - Dara Hartman (Natalie disguised as 'Ed') and Ryan Overberg (Chad).  They really did an outstanding job in the show.  Chad is the rebel that comes to town to "shake things up" along with shaking up some pelvises.  Natalie is the grease monkey girl who wants to be with him, but of course he falls for someone else. 
Here you can see the majority of the cast.  Everyone in the cast did an amazing job with all the singing and dancing.  I felt like I wanted to take a breath for them.  The whole show was so high energy and I can imagine how hard it was to keep up that excitement.
 Joyce DeWitt from Three's Company was the Mayor and had to act like the bad guy with all these beepoppers in town necking in public.  I loved watching Three's Company when I was a kid so this was a thrill for me to see her.  Plus when I went in to the lobby at intermission I saw Nancy Kerrigan!  That was cool too.
 My son really liked the Motorcycle.  The North Shore Theatre does a great job with props.  My kids seem to really get in to the shows there and I really believe it is because the action is all around you.  They see actors coming up the aisles and love seeing everything up so close. 
More about the Show: Get ready to shake things up with the hilarious rockin' '50s musical ALL SHOOK UP, featuring 25 of Elvis Presley's greatest hits and starring "Three's Company" star, Joyce DeWitt! ALL SHOOK UP takes the stage at North Shore Music Theatre (NSMT) from Tuesday, August 14, through Sunday, August 26.
"Audiences are in for laughs, laughs and more laughs with All Shook Up," said Bill Hanney, NSMT's owner and producer. "I can't think of a better way to end the summer that with a big, fun show like All Shook Up. With all of the great Elvis music, high energy dancing, and a comic performance from television icon Joyce DeWitt, All Shook Up is more than just a great musical, it is a wonderfully entertaining celebration of life ... one that anyone of any age can enjoy!"
An uproarious new musical comedy featuring the unforgettable hits of Elvis Presley, ALL SHOOK UP is loosely based on William Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night", and tells the story of a guitar playing roustabout, Chad, who rides into a struggling square Midwest town and changes it forever with the power of love and rock-and-roll. This whacky ‘50s styled musical is written by Tony Award-Winner, Joe DiPietro (writer of Memphis, Nice Work if You Can Get It, and I Love You You're Perfect, Now Change). Featuring the classic hit songs "Heartbreak Hotel", "Burning Love", "Jailhouse Rock", "Blue Suede Shoes", "It's Now or Never", "Don't Be Cruel" and "Fools Rush In," ALL SHOOK UPis clever, fresh fun for all ages.
ALL SHOOK UP will star Joyce DeWitt as Mayor Matilda Hyde. Miss DeWitt is most widely known to audiences for her starring role as Janet Wood on the ABC Television hit series "Three's Company." She also has an extensive background in the Theatre, working both as actress and director in a stage career that spans over forty years. Miss DeWitt has starred in numerous theatrical productions including most recently Love Letter's with Tab Hunter, It'sConnecticut by "The Simpson's" writer Mike Reiss, Miss Abigail's Guide to Dating, Mating and Marriage!, A Scattered, Smothered and Covered Christmas Musical the Canadian premieres of the 2000 Pulitzer Prize winning playDinner With Friends and Alfred Uhry's Tony Award-winning play The Last Night of Ballyhoo
 I really enjoyed singing that was done by Jannie Jones (Sylvia).  What a powerful voice.
 Jail House Rock is how the show opens.  Honestly my toes were tapping the whole show.
So don't let anyone step on your Blue Suede Shoes and get over to buy ticket to this show.  You will love it!
As promised here is the lineup for next year:
The Sound of Music, Wizard of Oz, La Cage Aux Folles, Cats, and Miss Saigon.
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Disclosure:  I received 4 tickets to attend this performance of All Shook Up.  No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own.

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