'All Shook Up' at Golden Apple Dinner Theatre in Sarasota

July 12, 2012 

The King meets the Bard in "All Shook Up," a jukebox musical with songs made famous by Elvis Presley and a story based on William Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night."

Featuring a book by Tony Award winner Joe DiPietro ("Memphis"), set in 1955, the show is about a small-town girl with big dreams and her motorcycle-riding love interest. Songs, 25 Elvis hits in all, include "Blue Suede Shoes," "Heartbreak Hotel," "A Little Less Conversation," "Love Me Tender" and "Jailhouse Rock."

Newcomer Logan O'Neill portrays the hip-shaking, handsome rebel Chad opposite Nikki White as Natalie. Other cast members include local favorites Ariel Blue, Jared Weldon, Helen Holliday, Ben Turoff, Jaszy McAllister, Craig Weiskerger and Alana Opie.

Kyle Ennis Turoff directs and Jill Godfrey choreographs with sets designed by Michael Newton-Brown and costumes by David Walker.

Musical Director Don Sturrock's live band will include drummer John Januszewski and guitar player Sam Zouari.

"All Shook Up" played on Broadway in 2005.

Details: A special PLATO opening night fund-raising extravaganza will be held Thursday. It includes a theme dinner, the show and a post-show dessert reception. Tickets for the event are $70 each ($30 tax deductible). 7:30 p.m. July 13-Sept. 2, Golden Apple Dinner Theatre, 25 N. Pineapple Ave., Sarasota. Tickets: $30 (Chef Caldwell's summer menu will be available for purchase separately except July 12.) Information: 941-366-5454 or www.platoarts.org.

--Wade Tatangelo

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