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 â€” not a single thing â€”
The press release describes it as â€œTwelfth Nightâ€ meets â€œMusic Manâ€ meets â€œPleasantville.â€ As I was watching it, I was thinking â€œFootlooseâ€ meets â€œAs You Like Itâ€ with some â€œRomeo and Julietâ€ and â€œA Midsummer Nightâ€™s Dreamâ€ 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.