Elvis Presley Songs Will Fuel New Broadway-Aimed Musical, All Shook Up

News   Elvis Presley Songs Will Fuel New Broadway-Aimed Musical, All Shook Up The estate of Elvis Presley wants some of the legit theatrical action enjoyed by Mamma Mia!, which exploits ABBA pop hits of the past, and has commissioned a new musical to use the songs of the late king of rock 'n' roll.

Joe DiPietro
Joe DiPietro Photo by Mark Liberman

The New York Times reports that Goodspeed Musicals will present All Shook Up in spring 2004, and that commercial producers Clear Channel Entertainment and Miramax are aiming the show for a 2005 Broadway berth.

Joe DiPietro (The Thing About Men, I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change) will pen the book of the original show, which does not have Elvis as a character, the paper reported.

Some 20 songs made famous by Elvis will reportedly be heard.

A spokesman for Goodspeed Musicals told Playbill On-Line the show will have a developmental run at Norma Terris Theatre in Chester, Connecticut May 13-June 6, 2004. DiPietro penned book and lyric to the current Goodspeed-Terris attraction, O. Henry's Lovers (it closes Dec. 7).

Producer Jonathan Pollard told the Times All Shook Up is a musical comedy about "a magical jukebox and a leather-jacketed stranger" and the impact they have on a "loveless town."

Famous pop songs are being used more and more as scores — or to punctuate scores — to new musicals: Movin' Out borrows Billy Joel classics, Mamma Mia! plunders the ABBA treasure chest, Taboo references Boy George's past hits and uses many new Boy George tunes, Footloose used the film's hit songs and interpolated new songs, Saturday Night Fever shoe-horned Bee Gees' numbers into the plot.

In the works are musicals taking songs of The Beach Boys (the original book is by Richard Dresser) and John Lennon (The Lennon Project).