‘All Shook Up’ brings king’s music to stage

The musical “All Shook Up” did more than get toes to tapping at the Clayton Center for the Arts. Executive director Robert Hutchens said the strong response proved that folks in surrounding counties are starting to see the Clayton Center for the Arts as a viable entertainment venue.

Hutchens said the “All Shook Up” musical that played at the Clayton Center on Feb. 11 was well received. “It went great. We had 800 people, which was pretty good. We’ve been hitting 800 or more the last couple of shows,” Hutchens said.

The executive director said “All Shook Up” drew people from other counties. “One of original objectives for this season was to really start letting people in other counties know where we are and the quality of entertainment they would find with us,” he said. “The wide range of attendance was a good sign people in surrounding counties are beginning to pay attention to us.”

Hutchens said “All Shook Up” is a “Jukebox Musical” that uses the songbook of one particular artist - Tennessee’s own Elvis Presley. “These were all great songs people love. Every time one of those songs started, you heard the audience react,” he said.

The executive director said the story was strong enough to carry the music. “The singing and dancing were really, really exceptional and the scenic elements - the lights and set - were just really good,” he said. “I was very proud of it.”

The next Clayton Center Presents production is “The Comedy of Errors.” It is set for 7:30 p.m. on March 9. For tickets, visit www.Claytonartscenter.com.

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