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Foothill Music Theatre Presents Rockin' Musical Comedy All Shook Up

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FOOTHILL MUSIC THEATRE PRESENTS
ROCKIN’ MUSICAL COMEDY
“ALL SHOOK UP”
Featuring the Songs of Elvis Presley
February 23, 2012 – March 11, 2012
Lohman Theatre, Los Altos

LOS ALTOS, CA (December 20, 2011) -- Multi-award winning Foothill Music Theatre presents ALL SHOOK UP, featuring hit songs made famous by Elvis Presley and a book by Tony Award winner Joe DiPietro (Memphis; I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change).  Fraught with mistaken identities, star-crossed lovers, and peppered with Elvis favorites including “Burning Love,” “Jailhouse Rock,” “A Little Less Conversation,” and “One Night With You,” this fast-paced musical follows a hip-swiveling roustabout who leaves a small town “all shook up.”  Milissa Carey helms this fresh yet faithful new interpretation of The King’s tunes, with musical direction by Mark Hanson and choreography by Katie O’BrionALL SHOOK UP plays February 23, 2012 – March 11, 2012 at the Lohman Theatre at Foothill College in Los Altos.  For tickets ($10-$28) and information, the public may visit www.foothillmusicals.com, or call the box office at (650) 949-7360.

Called “witty and amusing” and “poignant and moving” by BroadwayWorld, ALL SHOOK UP takes audiences on a rollicking musical romp through the 1950s.  Natalie, the town’s tomboyish mechanic, is swept off her feet when guitar-playing roustabout Chad rides into her sleepy town and turns it upside-down with his contraband rock music.  Unsure how to capture his attention, she disguises herself as “Ed” and becomes Chad’s new sidekick-in-training.  But Natalie gets more than she bargained for when Chad enlists her to help him win the heart of the voluptuous Miss Sandra, who falls for “Ed” instead.  The rest of the town’s youth, inspired by Chad’s devil-may-care attitude, find themselves singing, dancing, and falling in love – sometimes against their parents’ wishes.  A wild ride through the excitement and confusion of youth, ALL SHOOK UP celebrates love in all its forms – from familial to friendly, unexpected to forbidden, passionate to unrequited – with humor, whimsy, and a healthy dose of rock’n’roll.

Joe DiPietro (book), award-winning author and lyricist, received two Tony Awards and an Outer Critics Circle Award for his recent creation of the book and lyrics for Memphis, the explosive musical that took Broadway by storm, winning the 2010 Tony for Best Musical.  He also wrote the book and lyrics to the musical comedy hit I Love you, You’re Perfect, Now Change, the longest running musical revue in Off-Broadway history. The author of several celebrated plays, DiPietro penned scripts for Over the River and Through the Woods, The Kiss at City Hall, The Virgin Weeps, and the comic thriller The Art of Murder (winner of the 2000 Edgar Award), additionally writing the books to the Gershwin musical They All Laughed! and a new adaptation of Rodgers & Hart’s Babes in Arms.  DiPietro is the recipient of the William Inge Theater Festival New Voices In American Theater Award, and won the O’Neill National Playwright’s Conference MacArthur Award for comic writing.

The Foothill Music Theatre cast for ALL SHOOK UP includes Tony Di Corti (Chad), Katherine Goldman (Natalie), Amanda Andrews (Miss Sandra), Molly Thornton (Mayor Mathilda), Todd Wright (Jim), Leslie Ivy (Lorraine), Warren Wernick (Dean), Anthony Chan (Dennis), and Vic Prosak (Earl).  Other cast members include Emily Bliss, Justin Basl, Megan Coomans, Jonathan Fitzpatrick, Nique Genelle, Jeremy Griffith, Joshua Krumbein, Nathan Lindley, Carissa McElravy, Sara Renee Morris, Eri Nakamura, James Neal, Leslie Newport, Jeremy Ryan, Taylor Sanders, and Hayley Thirlwall.

Director Milissa Carey joined the Foothill faculty in 2003 and teaches in the both the Theatre and Music Departments.   She has performed with Foothill Music Theatre as “Kate” in Kiss Me Kate, “Golde” in Fiddler on the Roof, and “Lily” in Twentieth Century, directed by Jay Manley, and directed last winter’s production of Working.   She is also on the faculty of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music as an acting teacher and stage director in the Opera Department.  She has directed projects at American Musical Theatre of San Jose and the A.C.T. Young Conservatory.  An award-winning Bay Area actress, Carey has performed leading roles with many Bay Area Theatre companies including American Musical Theatre of San Jose, TheatreWorks, Center Repertory Theater of Walnut Creek, San Jose Repertory Theatre, Pacific Alliance Stage Company, 42nd Street Moon, San Francisco Playhouse, Thick Description and Theatrefirst.  She was in the cast of the 25th Anniversary Broadway National Tour of Evita under the direction of Hal Prince.  

Foothill Music Theatre has won Bay Area Theatre Critics’ Circle Awards for Outstanding Production, Outstanding Ensemble Production, and Best Direction, among others. The company has also garnered numerous Dean Goodman Choice Awards, awards from the Los Angeles-based Drama-Logue, and kudos from myriad Bay Area critics for its sharp, handsomely mounted productions of The Producers, Bat Boy: the Musical, The Pajama Game, Annie Get Your Gun, Brigadoon, Ragtime, Sweeney Todd, Guys and Dolls, West Side Story, Oklahoma! and many other musicals.

FOR CALENDAR EDITORS:

WHAT:  Multi-award winning Foothill Music Theatre presents ALL SHOOK UP, featuring hit songs made famous by Elvis Presley and a book by Tony Award winner Joe DiPietro (Memphis; I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change).  Fraught with mistaken identities, star-crossed lovers, and peppered with Elvis favorites including “Burning Love,” “Jailhouse Rock,” “A Little Less Conversation,” and “One Night With You,” this fast-paced musical follows a hip-swiveling roustabout who leaves a small town “all shook up.”  Milissa Carey helms this fresh yet faithful new interpretation of The King’s tunes, with musical direction by Mark Hanson and choreography by Katie O’Brion

WHEN: February 23, 2012 – March 11, 2012
Preview: 7pm Thursday, February 23
Press night: 8pm Friday, February 24
Closes: 2pm Sunday, March 11

SHOWS: (Preview) 7pm Thursday, February 23
8pm Friday, February 24
8pm Saturday, February 25
2pm Sunday, February 26

7pm Thursday, March 1
8pm Friday, March 2
8pm Saturday, March 3
2pm Sunday, March 4

7pm Thursday, March 8
8pm Friday, March 9
8pm Saturday, March 10
2pm Sunday, March 11

WHERE: Lohman Theatre, Foothill College, at the bottom of the hill

12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills, CA 94022

Parking Lot 8 provides direct and easy access to the theatre. Visitors must purchase the required parking permit for $3. Foothill College is located off I-280 on El Monte Road in Los Altos Hills.

TICKETS: For tickets ($10 - $28) and more information, please visit www.foothillmusicals.com.  $20 tickets available with advance purchase.  Tickets also available by phone at (650) 949- 7360.

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