This year’s Zilker Summer Musical is a lesser-known show called All Shook Up. This show features Elvis Presley music, lots of dancing, and even some motorcycle riding. The plot is loosely based on a Shakespeare play, Twelfth Night, and includes misunderstandings, a disguise, and unrequited love.
Although I had never heard of All Shook Up before, this production was surprisingly entertaining. The leads are strong and have excellent comedic timing, especially Andrew Cannata, who plays the main Elvis-inspired character. The choreography makes good use of the multi-leveled set. My favorite song/scene involved a bus (if you see the show, you’ll know what I mean).
All Shook Up runs on Thursday through Sunday evenings through August 18 (weather-permitting). The shows start at 8:15 PM, although many people arrive several hours earlier to set up their chairs and blankets in front of the Hillside Theater. Admission is free, but donations are collected during intermission.
P.S. The nearby Chuy’s restaurant (on Barton Springs Road) with their Elvis shrine makes for a perfect dinner-and-a-show evening!
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