“All Shook Up,” a three-week run of a new Broadway musical inspired by the music of Elvis Presley, opens Friday at the Ethel M. Barber Theater on Northwestern’s Evanston campus.

In addition, the Theatre and Interpretation Center (TIC) will present one-night-only screenings of two of Presley’s iconic  films, “Viva Las Vegas,” at 7 p.m. on July 23, and “King Creole” at 7 p.m. on July 30, also at the Barber Theater.

Directed and choreographed by Jeff Award-nominated Matt Raftery and music directed by award-winning Northwestern faculty member Ryan T. Nelson, “All Shook Up” centers on a small Midwestern 1950s town, whose rules include no tight pants, no kissing, and no loud music.

When a rebellious musician rides into town, the ache of budding love is set into motion, bringing to life a broken-down jukebox and the residents’ dreams of bigger things.

With book by Joe DiPietro, this outrageous love story is inspired by the music of Elvis and the mistaken identities of Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night.”

Featuring more than 25 classic Elvis songs, including “Jailhouse Rock,” “Hound Dog,” and “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” adult audiences will enjoy the well-known music and madcap comedy of “All Shook Up.”

Raftery also hopes that the color, dancing, and playfulness of the show will appeal to younger generations. “I think this show will make them curious about theatre and leave them wanting to come back and see more,” he said.

Ticket information is available on the TIC website.

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Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio...

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