Tuesday, May 10, 2011

"Lord almighty, I feel my temperature rising."

Burning Love - Elvis Presley

I love music; I might even say that I adore music. I like all kinds: country, rock, singer-songwriter, alternative, and even broadway.

I don't however like Elvis.

[Before you start pelting me with rotten fruit, hear me out.]

[Eh, nevermind. Go ahead; I don't have any specific redeeming reason why I don't have to like him.]

I'm currently working spotlights for our school's spring musical, and it is Elvis themed. Ugh. Don't get me wrong. Working spotlights is one of my favorite things to do. But I don't know if I can get on board with this one. 

[Public service announcement: This is no slight on any most of the actor/tresses. I love them, and their voices are ballin' outrageous.]

But seriously, Joe DiPetrio? 

"All Shook Up" has the makings of an unfortunately popular teen tv series. [Ignore this if you are dying to see it and don't want me to spoil it.]

It starts when leather jacket, hip-swiveling bad boy, Chad, rumbles into an exaggeratedly conservative town on his motorcycle. The women are all falling out and trailing after him. Especially the town-mechanic and typical tom-boy, Natalie, much to the chagrin of her hopelessly devoted [Grease. Now there's a good 1950's musical.] best friend Dennis.

Chad, of course, has no interest in the local grease monkey, but the local museum curator who has no interest in him? Oh, she's perfect.

Blah blah blah. Standard standard standard. You know, typical high school stuff. Natalie tries to turn girly for him, it doesn't work, she dresses like a guy in order to be his best friend and trick him into liking her....Wait, what?

Twist number two? Chad falls in love with Ed, her drag alter ego. Oh god, he's gay. Oh, and the museum lady does too and just happens to turn into a raging nymphomaniac, who is just quivering in delight whenever Ed/Natalie touches her skanky yet nerdy self.

Confused yet? It's weird. Funny thing is that it's based off of Twelfth Night. Shakespeare, say what? Shakespeare was one whacked out dude.

There are several other romances in there along the way as well.

Lord almighty.


Anonymous said...

Elvis is the King!

Kate said...

I just love it when writers try to get all creative and write insanely twisted plots. Oh did I say love... And I agree about Elvis, I really dislike his voice.

Completely off topic, but band is playing a Wicked medley for graduation and I thought of you!