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Joe DiPietro's savvy, funny songbook show reprises the King's hits in a connect-the-tunes musical that blends Footloose with As You Like It. It's the mid-50s, and an Elvis-like roustabout (the smoldering, very tall Cheyenne Jackson) shakes a small-hearted, dance-hating town from conservatism into liberal thinking--his love interest's gender-bending disguise alone threatens at least one character's sexual orientation. (Jenn Gambatese plays the character with androgynous dexterity.) Coming thick and fast, the two dozen ballads are inventively delivered and powerfully danced, and the set moves as much as the performers do, conveying a motorcycle roaring through the country, an abandoned amusement park, and biker angels hanging from the heavens. This is the show Elvis should have starred in--yet there's not one sequined jumpsuit in sight. Through 1/23: Thu 7:30 PM, Fri 8 PM, Sat 2 and 8 PM, Sun 2 and 7:30 PM. Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 W. Randolph, 312-902-1400. $19.55-$82.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Joan Marcus.

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