Zilker Summer Musical:
All Shook Up
Zilker Hillside Theater, July 6 – August 18
by Neal Baker
A little bit of Austin history for you: Back in 1959, Zilker Park hosted the first of its longstanding series of summer musicals. Seventeen, a 1950s teenage romance told Broadway-style, was put on for a crowd gathered on the very same hillside theater where the production happens today. Since then, the summer spot has seen such classics as The King and I, Fiddler on the Roof, West Side Story, and Little Shop of Horrors. Now in year 60, little has changed, with Zilker Theatre Productions putting forth yet another production sure to light up your summer evening.
This year’s show, All Shook Up, is based on Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. For all the petty behavior, the family mystery, and one particularly precarious love triangle, there’s only one thing the Elizabethan play is missing. That would of course be a soundtrack of Elvis songs, of which All Shook Up contains precisely 24. Choreography filled with the King’s moves and a wardrobe lined with leather completes what is admittedly a production that is probably far greasier than anything Shakespeare had in mind.
The show begins on the 6th and will run until August 18, so there’s no excuse for missing it. As always, it’s free to all, though ZTP welcomes donations, especially in the spirit of its diamond anniversary