Great Plains Theatre’s Red Hot ALL SHOOK UP Delivers with a Stellar Opening!

The Great Plains Theatre in Abilene, Kansas, just opened their sizzling hot new production of ALL SHOOK UP! The beloved theatre, opened in 1995 by Richard Esvang and Michelle Meade, bills itself as ‘The Only Professional Theatre between Kansas City and Denver.’ Their first week was a, “stellar opening weekend, playing to capacity crowds,” according to a theatre spokesperson. (OK, their Facebook page!).

According to a real source, the Salina Journal, ALL SHOOK UP is a 1950s-era rock ‘n’ roll musical inspired by the songs of Elvis Presley. It’s a story that might have made an Elvis movie: a guitar-playing, hip-swiveling, motorcycle riding cool cat comes to a small town and changes the lives of everyone he meets. The show features such Elvis classics like Heartbreak Hotel, Jailhouse Rock, Don’t Be Cruel and the title song. “Last year, we had a great success with ‘Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story,’ so we thought we could have a similar success with people who love Elvis’ music,” Director Marc Liby said. “Most ‘jukebox musicals’ don’t have that much of a plot, but this one does.”

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