Jackson Dons Leather Jacket to Star in All Shook Up, Replacing
Kenneth Jones, October 29, 2004
Jonathan Pollard announced Oct. 29 that actor Cheyenne
Jackson, originally hired as understudy for leather-jacketed
outsider Chad in All Shook Up, will now create that
lead role in the commercial world premiere of the new
musical comedy that uses songs made famous by Elvis
Emick, who had previously been announced in the role,
was replaced when final contract terms could not be
agreed upon. Emick recently played Peter Allen's lover
in The Boy From Oz on Broadway, and first shook up musical
theatre when he took home a Tony Award as Joe Hardy
in the most recent Damn Yankees. "Both the producers
of All Shook Up and Jarrod Emick's representatives believed
a deal would be made," said lead producer, Jonathan
Pollard. "However, in the end we simply could not agree
on the terms.
entire production team regrets that Jarrod won't be with us,
as we have great respect for his ability and wish him well.
We also feel incredibly fortunate that we didnít have to look
very far for his successor. Cheyenne Jackson, who was hired
as his understudy, is a star on the rise whose talent and
assets will have a prime opportunity to be discovered..."
recently appeared in a developmental summer 2004 run of the
new boy-band musical spoof, Altar Boyz. His Broadway credits
include Aida (Radames standby) and Thoroughly Modern Millie
(Jimmy understudy, Trevor Graydon understudy). Regionally,
he appeared in West Side Story (Tony), The Most Happy Fella
(Joey), Hair (Berger), Grease (Danny), Carousel (Billy Bigelow),
Children of Eden (Cain), Anything Goes (Billy), Kismet (The
Poet) and the title roles in The Rocky Horror Show and Joseph
and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
"A new musical comedy set in 1955, All Shook Up is not a biographical
revue" about Elvis, the producers stress. Rather, it's "a
burnin' new musical comedy that tells the story of a small
town girl (Jenn Gambatese) who dreams of hitting the open
road, and the guitar-playing stranger (Jackson) who brings
romance, rebellion and rock 'n' roll into her life." The show
will feature such Elvis Presley classics as "Heartbreak Hotel,"
"Burning Love," "Love Me Tender," "Canít Help Falling in Love,"
"Jailhouse Rock," "Blue Suede Shoes," "A Little Less Conversation,"
"Hound Dog," "Don't Be Cruel," and of course, "All Shook Up."
previews begin Feb. 20, 2005, at the Palace Theatre. Opening
is set for March 24, 2005. Directed by Christopher Ashley,
with a book by Joe DiPietro, music direction and arrangements
by Stephen Oremus, and choreography by Ken Roberson, All Shook
Up gets its world premiere in Chicago in a five week, pre-Broadway
engagement at the Cadillac Palace Theatre, Dec. 19-Jan. 23,
2005. All Shook Up also stars Jenn Gambatese, Tony Award nominee
Jonathan Hadary, Leah Hocking, Curtis Holbrook, Nikki M. James,
John Jellison, Alix Korey, Mark Price and Sharon Wilkins in
a cast of 28 that features Justin Bohon, Justin Brill, Paul
Castree, Cara Cooper, Randy A. Davis, Jennie Ford, Trisha
Jeffrey, Michelle Kittrell, Anika Larsen, Michael X. Martin,
Karen Murphy, John Eric Parker, Justin Patterson, Jenell Lynn
Randall, Michael James Scott, Jenny-Lynn Suckling and Virginia