Upper Darby High School presents the Elvis musical, All Shook Up!
“…the best rock ‘n roll musical since Grease” (WNBC)
February 23, 2017 – Drexel Hill, PA. Upper Darby High School presents the Elvis Presley musical, All Shook Up on March 3, 4, 10, 11 at 7:30 pm and March 12 at 2 PM at the Upper Darby Performing Arts Center. Tickets are affordably priced at $9-12 and can be purchased online at www.udpac.org or by calling the box office at 610.622.1189. The Upper Darby Performing Arts Center is located at 601 N. Lansdowne Avenue in Drexel Hill, minutes from the Main Line and Center City. Parking is free. The show is fun for ages 10 and up and runs 2 hours and 15 minutes with an intermission.
All Shook Up is a funny and exciting show that features 25 great Elvis Presley songs like Heartbreak Hotel, Don’t Be Cruel and It’s Now or Never. Based on Shakespeare’s 12th Night, the musical features the effervescent Tom Geiger as the geeky dental student who falls in love with the talented Marie DiPietro who is in love with the hip swiveling Rain Diaz who is really in love with the beautiful Gina Prince who is chasing a guy named Ed who is really Maria DiPietro in drag and you get the idea! Another love triangle grows between Gina Prince who plays the stuck-up museum director, Brendan Mostek as the lonely widower and Rylee Curry as the headstrong bar owner.
The directing team of All Shook Up are all Upper Darby High School alums, students or faculty. Kevin Dietzler directs, with choreography by Abby Shunskis Dietzler, musical direction by Dan Matarazzo, set design by senior Rachael Gran, costumes by Tim Bruno, lighting designed by senior Jade Khedoo and technical direction by Andrew Thompson.
The New York Times called All Shook Up, “A hunk, a hunk of burnin’ nostalgia” and spotlights great rock and roll songs like Blue Suede Shoes, Can’t Help Falling in Love and Jailhouse Rock, all made famous by Elvis Presley in the 1950’s and ‘60’s. More than 50 years later, the legacy of the rock ‘n’ roll icon is still “on fire,” having sold more than a billion records worldwide—a feat matched only by the Beatles.
The name “Elvis” is now synonymous with wholesome Americana coupled with wild rebellion. Even in 2017, it’s hard to go a day without running into his presence. From wall clocks to T-shirts, his image can be found everywhere, as can cocktails and sushi rolls bearing names of his songs, such as “Blue Hawaii,” “Jailhouse Rock,” and “Love Me Tender.”
Even posthumously, Presley continues to win over the world with his extraordinary combination of charisma, talent, and heart. A respectable young man who loved his mother and enlisted in the US Army, Presley showed that even good boys are capable of being sex symbols, shaking his hips and using his baritone voice to make the crowds swoon.
The Upper Darby Performing Arts Center and Upper Darby Summer Stage are jointly sponsored by Upper Darby Township Mayor and Council and the Upper Darby School District Board of School Directors through the Department of Recreation and Leisure Services.