Photo Flash: Sneak Peek of Joyce DeWitt in NSMT's ALL SHOOK UP
“Audiences are in for laughs, laughs and more laughs with All Shook Up,” said Bill Hanney, NSMT’s owner and producer. “I can’t think of a better way to end the summer that with a big, fun show like All Shook Up. With all of the great Elvis music, high energy dancing, and a comic performance from television icon Joyce Dewitt, All Shook Up is more than just a great musical, it is a wonderfully entertaining celebration of life … one that anyone of any age can enjoy!”
An uproarious new musical comedy featuring the unforgettable hits of Elvis Presley, ALL SHOOK UP is loosely based on William Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night”, and tells the story of a guitar playing roustabout, Chad, who rides into a struggling square Midwest town and changes it forever with the power of love and rock-and-roll. This whacky ‘50s styled musical is written by Tony Award-Winner, Joe DiPietro (writer of Memphis, Nice Work if You Can Get It, and I Love You You’re Perfect, Now Change). Featuring the classic hit songs “Heartbreak Hotel”, “Burning Love”, “Jailhouse Rock”, “Blue Suede Shoes”, “It’s Now or Never”, “Don’t Be Cruel” and “Fools Rush In,” ALL SHOOK UP is clever, fresh fun for all ages.
ALL SHOOK UP will star Joyce Dewitt as Mayor Matilda Hyde. Miss DeWitt is most widely known to audiences for her starring role as Janet Wood on the ABC Television hit series “Three's Company.” She also has an extensive background in the Theatre, working both as actress and director in a stage career that spans over forty years. Miss DeWitt has starred in numerous theatrical productions including most recently Love Letter’s with Tab Hunter, It’s Connecticut by “The Simpson’s” writer Mike Reiss, Miss Abigail’s Guide to Dating, Mating and Marriage!, A Scattered, Smothered and Covered Christmas Musical the Canadian premieres of the 2000 Pulitzer Prize winning play Dinner With Friends and Alfred Uhry's Tony Award-winning play The Last Night of Ballyhoo.
The cast of ALL SHOOK UP will also feature Dara Hartman (Natalie/Ed), Ryan Overberg (Chad), Eric Hatch (Dean), John Hillner (Jim Haller), Jannie Jones (Sylvia), Paul Sabala (Dennis), LaQuet Sharnell (Lorraine), and J.T. Turner (Sheriff Earl, Warden)
The ALL SHOOK UP ensemble include Matt Allen, Amanda Bailey, Michael Campayno, Andrea Collier, Marlana Dunn, Rachel Fairbanks, Jesse Jones, Joshua Keith, Joe Moeller, Kyle McAdam, and Mia Michelle McClain
ALL SHOOK UP will be directed by Russell Garrett, choreographed by Kiesha LaLama and musical direction will be provided by Anne Shuttlesworth. The creative team also includes Bert Scott (Scenic Designer), Paula Peasley-Ninestein (Costume Designer), David Neville (Lighting Designer), Leon Rotherberg (Sound Designer), Gerard Kelly (Wig and Hair Designer), John Godbout (Production Stage Manager), Natalie A. Lynch (Production Stage Manager), Keith Levenson (Assistant Music Director), and Michael T. Clarkson (Assistant Stage Manager). ALL SHOOK UP is produced for North Shore Music Theatre by Bill Hanney (Owner/Producer), Arianna Knapp (Artistic Director), and Beth Vasta (Associate Producer).
Tickets for the ALL SHOOK UP are priced from $40 - $70. Performances are August 14 - 26, Tue – Thurs at 7:30 pm, Fri & Sat at 8 pm, matinees Wed, Thur, Sat and Sun at 2 pm. For tickets and information call (978) 232-7200, visit www.nsmt.org, or visit the box office in person at 62 Dunham Rd., Beverly, Massachusetts.
ADDITIONAL FREE AUDIENCE ENRICHMENT EVENTS: Meet the Theatre: post-show audience discussion with the artists on August 21 after the 7:30 pm performance and August 25 after the 2 pm performance; OUT at the North Shore, an evening for the Gay and Lesbian Community with a post-show reception (sponsored in part by Ryan & Wood Inc. Distilleries and Sparkling Soirées) on August 23 after the 7:30 pm performance.
Photo Credit: Paul Lyden