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“All Shook Up” is a hunka summertime fun

Posted by lgirard on July 16th 2010 to Center News,In the News,Press Room


By John Moore – Denver Post Theater Critic
Posted: 07/15/2010 01:00:00 PM MDT

For the sake of civility and expediency, what say we dispense with (most of) the many reasons recycled tripe like the Elvis knockoff “All Shook Up” is the scourge of the contemporary American musical.

It’s also fun. Maddeningly and begrudgingly. And, as they say in both theater and youth soccer: “If you had fun, you won.”

Even though exploiting existing song catalogs from the Four Seasons to Green Day is the most bottom-feeding, laziest form of artistic creation, there’s nothing lazy — not a single thing —

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Elvis lives again in Arvada’s ‘All Shook Up’
July 14th, 2010, 4:38 pm · Post a Comment · posted by twallinger

Grade: B+

The press release describes it as “Twelfth Night” meets “Music Man” meets “Pleasantville.” As I was watching it, I was thinking “Footloose” meets “As You Like It” with some “Romeo and Juliet” and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” mixed in.

No, the show is not exactly original. But it is a whole lot of fun. And that makes it the perfect musical for these lazy, laid-back days of summer.

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4 responses to ““All Shook Up” is a hunka summertime fun”

  1. I have had the pleasure of performing “All Shook Up” (as well as other Joe DiPietro works) and I have to tell you the show is ALOT of fun. DON’T MISS THIS SHOW!
    Joe DiPietro is does a great job pulling the story together and the musical harmonies brought into the Elvis hits are fantastic! I highly recommend “All Shook Up” and strongly recommend Joe’s other works.

  2. Our theater company had a great time putting on “All Shook Up” and I think audiences will enjoy the beautiful harmonic arrangements of “The King’s” wonderful works.

  3. All Shook Up is a really fun show, and the vocal harmonic arrangements of The King’s works really make those songs come back to life for a new generation.

  4. Holly says:

    Best show I’ve seen in Colorado in ages…I’ve seen it twice in the past ten days and can’t get enough!!! It’s the best feel-good gig of summer 2010…

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