Sorry folks, Elvis is not alive, but you can see his facsimile in the rock ’n’ roll musical, “All Shook Up,” now playing at PLATO @ The Golden Apple. Written by Joe DiPietro (author of “Nice Work if You Can Get It,” “Memphis,” and “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change”), the story borrows loosely from the plot of Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night.”
Kyle Ennis Turoff has energetically directed this mix-and-match tale of romantic mishaps set 1955 in a small town that is rocked on its heels by the arrival of guitar-toting, singing, motorcycling, heartbreaking hero, Chad, handsomely played by Logan O’Neill. Nikki White is adorable as Natalie, the garage mechanic who falls for him and transforms herself into a guy named Ed in order to be close to him. White makes this transformation funny — and almost believable — as the audience roots for her to win her man.
Notable thespian contributions to the B-story romances abound, including Jason Kimble as humble but hopeful Dennis; Jaszy McAllister as sweet Lorraine; Craig Weiskerger in a Romeo turn as Dean; Jared Weldon as Jim; and Ariel Blue as Sylvia. Rounding out the comedic end are Helen Holliday as Matilda; Alana Opie as Miss Sandra; and Ben Turoff as the strong and silent sheriff.
Featuring many of Presley’s most famous songs, the highly enjoyable music selections include, “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Heartbreak Hotel,” “A Little Less Conversation,” “Love Me Tender,” “Jailhouse Rock” and more than 25 songs by the time this lightweight, sentimental entertainment has reached a happy conclusion for all.
Jill Godfrey has created loads of ambitious choreography for the production and joins the enthusiastic ensemble in its execution. Remaining members of the young and cheerful cast are: Eric Gregory, Kelly Leisler, Caitlin Longstreet, Ellie McCaw, Travis M. Rogers and Corinne C. Woodland.
Michael Newton-Brown designed the sets, and David Walker designed the costumes. Musical director Don Sturrock’s live band includes drummer John Januszewski and guitar player Sam Zouari.
IF YOU GO
“All Shook Up” at PLATO @ The Golden Apple
When: Runs through Sept. 2
Where: The Golden Apple Dinner Theatre, 25 N. Pineapple Ave.
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