The fall Broadway revival of La Cage aux Folles will not be returning to its Broadway birthplace, the Palace — a much-speculated idea — but will fill the Marquis Theatre, starting previews Nov. 7 toward a Dec. 9 opening.
All Shook Up, the new original musical comedy about a small town shaken awake by a mysterious, leather jacketed stranger — and a score made up of tunes Elvis Presley made famous — will play the Palace (rather than the previously-announced Marquis) starting previews Feb. 20, 2005, and opening March 24.
The bookings were made official June 24.
La Cage, the smash 1983 Jerry Herman-Harvey Fierstein musical about family, parents, a St. Tropez nightclub and being who you are, will be (as previously announced) directed by Jerry Zaks and choreographed by Jerry Mitchell. No casting has been announced.
All Shook Up had a recent developmental run at Goodspeed Musicals' Norma Terris Theatre in Chester, CT. Joe DiPietro (I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change) fashioned the original libretto to All Shook Up. Directed by Christopher Ashley and choreographed by Jodi Moccia, All Shook Up will receive its world premiere in Chicago in a five week, pre-Broadway engagement at Chicago's Cadillac Palace Theatre, Dec. 21, 2004-Jan. 23, 2005.
"A new musical comedy set in 1955, All Shook Up is not a biographical revue," according to the announcement. "Somewhere in middle America – one girl's wish and a surprise visit from a mysterious leather jacketed, guitar-playing stranger will lead a small town to discover the magic of romance and the power of rock & roll. This irresistible new musical features 24 legendary Elvis classics including 'Heartbreak Hotel,' 'Love Me Tender,' 'Don't Be Cruel,' 'Can’t Help Falling in Love' and 'All Shook Up.'"