All Shook Up is a 2005 Jukebox Musical featuring the songs of Elvis Presley. Its story is essentially a re-telling of William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream with a Twelfth Night subplot.When Chad, who is absolutely not Elvis Presley, rolls into town, he is appalled to hear that mayor Matilda Hyde has banned anything even remotely "indecent" — no tight pants, no public kissing, no loud music. He sets about loosening the uptight town, while getting caught up in a whopper of a Love Dodecahedron.Notable for the show's licenser providing a two-option script for amateur productions: A key subplot can be focused on either racial or class segregation, with alternative dialogue provided for each version, depending on the resources of the production at hand.For a jukebox circus take on Presley, see Viva Elvis.
Ambiguously Bi: Chad, who professes "a love for the ladies," falls for Natalie while she's cross-dressing as Ed, decides that he loves Natalie after all, but admits that he kind of likes Ed better.
Angry Mob Song: "Devil in Disguise", wherein Mayor Matilda whips the church council into an anti-Chad frenzy.
Anti-Love Song: "I Don't Want To", where Chad desperately tries not to be in love with Ed.
Beta Couple: Dean and Lorraine. While they do have major problems surrounding their relationship, the two are the only people who stay a consistent couple and manage to side step the Love Dodecahedron.
Black Best Friend: Sylvia to Jim, Lorraine to Natalie (depending on whether the show chooses to cast Sylvia and Lorraine as black that is).
Counterpoint Duet: First, Chad sings "Teddy Bear" to woo Miss Sandra ; then, Miss Sandra sings "Hound Dog" to show just how disinterested she is ; finally, the two of them reprise their numbers in counterpoint, backed up by Dennis and Natalie.
Dating Do-Si-Do: Chad loves Sandra but ends up falling for Natalie Meanwhile, Dennis loves Natalie, but ends up falling for Sandra. And Jim also falls in love with Sandra, but ends up loving Sylvia. Not to mention how Sandra loves Ed, but marries Dennis when finding out his true identity. The only couple that didn't fall for other people the whole play were Dean and Lorraine.
The Dragon: Sheriff Earl to Matilda, though only out of love, ironically.
Epic Rocking : The arrangement of "Can't Help Falling in Love" which closes act one builds from a solo to an ensemble for the principal characters to an all-out gospel number for the entire company complete with several key changes and a big, long, high note at the end.
The Lost Lenore: Natalie's mother is this for Jim. His arc is all about getting over her death and moving on.
Love at First Sight: Practically the whole town... Natalie with Chad, Chad with Miss Sandra, Miss Sandra with Ed, Jim with Miss Sandra, Dean with Lorraine, Lorraine with Dean. This is the entire point of the song "One Night With You."
Pair the Spares: In the penultimate scene, the Love Dodecahedron gets solved neatly, with most of the pairings making some sort of sense. However Dennis and Miss Sandra, the two spares left over after all this (and who have barely even been in the same place before, let alone spoken) form an instant bond due to a love of Shakespeare.
Paper-Thin Disguise: Subverted with Natalie. She is able to fool characters like Chad and Miss Sandra with her Ed disguise because they're both new in town and barely know her. However she isn't able to fool people who've known her her whole life, like Dennis.
Say My Name: Several scenes contain passages of dialogue which consist entirely of characters shouting or saying each others' names, normally for comedic purposes. Each of the principals also yells out the name of their beloved during "Can't Help Falling In Love".
Sweet on Polly Oliver: Natalie disguises herself as Ed in order to spend time with Chad. Miss Sandra promptly falls in love with this new 'guy' in town, while it takes a while for Chad to develop romantic feelings for 'Ed', eventually admitting that he prefers Ed to Natalie.