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All Shook Up

Cover to Broadway Cast Recording

A musical in 2 acts inspired by the songs of Elvis Presley. Book by Joe DiPietro.

DIRECTOR - Christopher Ashley : SETS - David Rockwell : LIGHTING - Donald Holder : COSTUMES - David C. Woolard : SOUND - Brian Ronan : CHOREOGRAPHER - Ken Roberson : MUSIC DIRECTOR - Stephen Oremus : STAGE MANAGER - Lois L. Griffing : ORCHESTRATIONS - Michael Gibson & Stephen Oremus : WIGS & HAIR - David H. Lawrence : ADDITIONAL CHOREOGRAPHY - Sergio Trujillo

First developed at Goodspeed Musicals, East Haddam, Connecticut.
Opened Palace Theatre, Broadway 24 March, 2005. Closed 25th September, 2005 (213 perfs)

Synopsis

All Shook Up is a new musical comedy built around a number of songs made famous by Elvis Presley. It's NOT a biographical revue. It takes place in 1955, somewhere in middle America, where one girl's dream and a surprise visit from a mysterious leather-jacketed, guitar-playing stranger help a small town to discover the magic of romance and the power of rock & roll. Among the 24 songs featured in the score are classics like "Heartbreak Hotel," "Love Me Tender," "Don't Be Cruel," "Can't Help Falling in Love," and of course the title tune.

CAST

(in order of appearance)

Natalie Haller/Ed - Natalie
Dennis - Dennis
Jim Haller - Jim Haller
Sylvia - Sylvia
Lorraine - Lorraine
Chad - Chad
Mayor Matilda Hyde - Mayor Matilda
Dean Hyde - Dean Hyde
Sheriff Earl - JOHN JELLISON
Miss Sandra - Miss Sandra

ENSEMBLE

Brad Anderson • Justin Bolton • Justin Brill • Paul Castree • Cara Cooper • Michael Cusumano • Randy A. Davis • Jennie Ford • Francesca Harper • Trisha Jeffrey • Michelle Kittrell • Anika Larsen • Michael X. Martin • Karen Murphy • John Eric Parker • Justin Patterson • Jenelle Lynn Randall . Michael James Scott • Jenny-Lynn Suckling • Virginia Woodruff

Scenes and Settings

TIME: A 24-hour period, during the summer of 1955
PLACE: A small you-never-heard-of-it town somewhere in the Midwest

Story

ACT I

In the middle of a square state ... ln the middle of a square decade ... ln a square little town ... Natalie pumps gas at her father's filling station and dreams of riding off on her motorbike to find the man who will change her life. Who is not Dennis, her best friend and secret admirer. Unable to tell Natalie his true feelings, Dennis heads to Sylvia's Honky-Tonk, where the townsfolk, black and white, gather to lament the grayness of their lives. Suddenly, the sound of a motorcycle cuts through the air, as Chad, a mysterious stranger, appears on the horizon. When Chad stops in town to get his bike fixed, Natalie is immediately smitten. Sizing up the dreariness of the town, Chad electrifies a broken-down jukebox with his bare hands, infecting everyone with the rebellious spirit of his music. Horrified by the wild celebration, prim and proper Mayor Matilda Hyde arrives on the scene with Sheriff Earl in tow to restore order. Her dutiful son Dean follows in her wake, until his military school uniform catches the eye of Sylvia's lovely African-American daughter, Lorraine.

While tuning up his bike in the garage, Natalie tells Chad of her dream of the open road, and Chad encourages her to follow her dream. Chad heads into town, where he makes the awestruck Dennis his new sidekick. As the townspeople start pairing off like never before, Natalie sheds her garage overalls for a dress to attract Chad, but he falls instead for the beautiful curator of the town's new museum of culture, Miss Sandra. Miss Sandra, however, has no interest in such an uncultured man.

Back at Sylvia's bar, Natalie's widower father, Jim, bemoans the lack of love in his life. When Miss Sandra enters, Jim is immediately smitten. Sylvia warns her old friend against falling for such a woman, but Jim pursues Miss Sandra anyway. Searching for Lorraine, Dean enters the bar, and the two youngsters find each other. Chad encourages them to pursue their forbidden love but Sylvia does not share the sentiment.

When Natalie realises that Chad is not remotely attracted to her, she devises a radical idea to get close to him. As Natalie rushes off, Dean's mother, the Mayor, tries to send him back to military school to save him from Lorraine and the evil influence of Chad and his music. As the bus Dean is on pulls out, Lorraine pedals after him, and they realise that they never want to part.

On the other side of town, Chad's sidekick, Dennis, suggests that Miss Sandra might fall for him if he sends her a sonnet by
Shakespeare. Suddenly, the sound of another motorcycle rips through the air, and Natalie rides in, disguised as a roustabout named Ed. Chad recognizes a kindred spirit, and Dennis, out of love for Natalie, steps aside to let 'Ed' be Chad's sidekick. As Ed goes off with the sonnet for Sandra, Jim enters, seeking some of Chad's expertise with women. Sandra is so moved by the sonnet Ed gives her that she falls for him instead (Let Yourself Go).

Outraged by the citizens' frisky behavior, Mayor Matilda and Sheriff Earl sweep through town, where they discover Dean kissing Lorraine. Dean stands up to his mother, and he and Lorraine run off together. Matilda, blaming Chad, vows to throw the roustabout in jail. Chad seeks refuge in the nearby abandoned fairgrounds. Everybody in town is in the grip of something powerful and new, and - as the sun goes down - one by one, they all rush off to the old fairgrounds. Jim heads there, too, but not before kissing Sylvia, who suddenly discovers a new passion for her old friend.

ACT II

Later that night, everyone in town has run off to the abandoned fairgrounds. As they chase the objects of their affection, Chad reveals to Ed his total disinterest in Natalie. When Dennis tries to console Natalie, she rushes off but soon returns as Ed to try to convince Chad that there's more to Natalie than meets the eye. When that fails, the frustrated Natalie/Ed tries a more direct approach. Chad, caught off guard, discovers that he has feelings ... for Ed. As he tries to straighten himself out, he comes across Jim pursuing Miss Sandra, who also declares her love ... for Ed. Jim runs off, aghast at his own foolishness. Chad confronts his double-dealing sidekick, but cannot bring himself to fight Ed. Chad realises that, like it or not, his feelings - for Ed - cannot be denied.

Meanwhile, lost in her own imagination, Mayor Matilda dreams of the day when she finally puts Chad in jail. Sylvia finds Jim in another part of the fairgrounds and risks confessing her feelings, but having had his heart broken by Miss Sandra, Jim is unable to take in the feelings that Sylvia has for him. Although Dean and Lorraine are hiding out, Chad overhears their plan to run away, and he convinces the lovers that they must stay and fight for their right to love one another.

As dawn approaches, Matilda tries to round up a posse to apprehend the roustabout, but Sheriff Earl, moved by the romance of the moment, refuses to arrest anyone. He confesses his long-time, silent passion for Matilda, and she, stunned by the power of his love, agrees to marry him. Jim realises that his real love is Sylvia, and they, too, agree to marry. Chad then confesses his feelings - for Ed - only to learn that Ed is really Natalie. Chad is so shaken by the discovery that he gets on his motorbike and leaves town. Dennis finally tells Natalie that he loves her, but she gently turns him down. Miss Sandra discovers that it was Dennis who came up with the sonnet, and united by Shakespeare, the two fall in love. As everyone but Natalie heads off to the chapel to be wed, she assures her father that she's better off alone.

In the chapel next morning, a triple wedding is in full swing when Chad returns, to announce that, without Natalie, he has lost his music. He asks her to marry him, but she has other ideas. She's going to follow her dream and hit the open road, and if he wants, he can come along ... as her sidekick. He hops on, and they ride off, while the townsfolk celebrate their newfound joy of requited passion.

Musical Numbers:

ACT I

    1. Overture - Orchestra
    2. Love Me Tender - Natalie, Dennis
    3. Heartbreak Hotel - Dennis, Sylvia, Lorraine, Jim Haller, & Ensemble
    4. Roustabout - Chad
    5. One Night With You - Natalie
    6. C'mon Everybody - Chad, Company
    7. Follow That Dream - Chad, Natalie
    8. Teddy Bear/Hound Dog - Chad, Miss Sandra, Dennis, Natalie
    9. Teddy Bear Dance
    10. That's All Right - Chad, Dennis, Lorraine, Dean Hyde, Sylvia, Ensemble
    11. (You're the) Devil in Disguise - Mayor Matilda, Ensemble with Dean Hyde
    12. It's Now or Never - Dean Hyde, Lorraine & Ensemble
    13. Blue Suede Shoes - Natalie, Chad, & Ensmble
    14. Don't Be Cruel - Chad, Jim Haller
    15. Let Yourself Go - Miss Sandra, Ensemble
    16. I Can't Help Falling in Love - Sylvia, Dennis, Miss Sandra, Chad, Jim Haller, Natalie, Lorraine, Dean Hyde, Ensemble

ACT II

    1. All Shook Up - Chad, Natalie, Jim Haller, Dennis, Dean Hyde, Sylvia, Miss Sandra, Lorraine & Ensemble
    2. It Hurts Me - Dennis & Ensemble
    3. A Little Less Conversation - Natalie, Ensemble with Chad
    4. The Power of My Love - Chad, Jim Haller, Miss Sandra
    5. I Don't Want To - Chad
    6. Jailhouse Rock - Chad & Ensemble with soloists
    7. There's Always Me - Sylvia
    8. If I Can Dream - Chad, Lorraine, Dean Hyde & Ensemble
    9. Fools Fall in Love - Natalie & Company
    10. Burning Love - Chad, Miss Sandra, Dennis, Sheriff Earl, Mayor Matilda, Sylvia, Jim Haller, Dean Hyde, Lorraine, Natalie & Ensemble
    11. C'mon Everybody - (Encore) - Chad & Company

Orchestration

Conductor/Keyboard: Reeds IV: 1st Trumpet: Trumpets II: Trombone: Organ/Keyboard 2: Guitars II: Bass: Drums: Percussion: