Playhouse Players

Mix a dash of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, a pinch of Footloose, and a large dollop of Elvis Presley’s music and you have the recipe for All Shook Up, a smart-alecky stage musical and love story. Fueled by tunes like “Jailhouse Rock” and “Heartbreak Hotel,” All Shook Up tells the story of how music changed a small town and helped its citizens find true love. May 8-13. Orpheum Theatre, 910 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, 651-989-5151,

Other shows raising a curtain this month:

» Chanhassen Dinner Theatres

Easter Parade

and Mid Life! The Crisis Musical. 501 W. 78th Street, Chanhassen, 952-934-1525,

» Children’s Theatre

Seussical: The Musical

and The Green Sheep (opens May 8). 2400 Third Avenue S., Minneapolis, 612-874-0400,

» Guthrie Theater

The Merchant of Venice

(through May 6), Major Barbara (opens May 5) and Boats on a River (opens May 19). 818 S. Second Street, Minneapolis, 612-377-2224,

» Heritage Theater Company of Maplewood


(May 4-20). 2100 White Bear Avenue, Maplewood, 651-773-1455,

» Jungle Theater


(through May 20). 2951 Lyndale Avenue S., Minneapolis, 612-822-7063,

» Mixed Blood Theatre

Messy Utopia

(through May 13). 1501 S. Fourth Street, Minneapolis, 612-338-6131,

» Theatre in the Round

The Madwoman of Chaillot

, (through May 20). 245 Cedar Avenue, Minneapolis, 612-333-3010,