ALL SHOOK UP presented by Northern Kentucky University through Feb. 26. Click here for more information on the production. I attended the opening Sunday matinee performance.
The songs of Elvis Presley, the King of Rock and Roll, take center stage in the jukebox musical, ALL SHOOK UP at Northern Kentucky University.
The cast of 25 showcases the depth of talent in NKU’s theater program. Soloists were strong across the named roles with Brittany Hayes’ “There’s Always Me” being a personal favorite. The harmonies on the Act I finale, “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” were goosebump-inducing and a great way to send the audience into intermission.
Director Brian Robertson wisely goes broad in the performance-style, emphasizing both the comedy and the relationships in the book.
The simple, multi-level set allowed for quick entrances and exits, especially when the whole ensemble was involved in a number. The screens upstage served as a nice backdrop and added a bit a color to the scenes.
The concept of a completely black and white color scheme for the costumes was successful and an impressive amount of work. The only one I misinterpreted was Dean Hyde’s outfit, thinking he was the Mayor’s chauffeur until he was introduced as her son. Perhaps some black accents would have helped it read a bit more military.
It was great to have the 11-piece orchestra, under the direction of Jamey Strawn, visible on stage and the sound was rich and full. Speaking of sound, hats off to sound designer Kevin Havlin and his team. The blend, balance, and execution were outstanding. I’m pretty sure I heard every word and note.
Overall, the production was highly energetic and highly enjoyable.
My rating: 4.25 out of 5.