Utah School in Tizzy Over Play's Risque Elvis Lyrics
'I'm all shook up' a little too controversial for one parent
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 4, 2013 11:01 AM CST
In this undated file photo, Elvis Presley, left, appears in a scene from the movie, "Kid Galahad."   (AP Photo, File)

(Newser) – A Utah parent almost got the local high school's performance of the Elvis Presley-themed musical All Shook Up canceled ... but the school got around the problem by changing such wildly controversial lyrics as, "Her lips are like a volcano that's hot." The initial decision to cancel the musical was reversed yesterday by administrators at Herriman High School, south of Salt Lake City, the AP reports. The about-face came after they received the OK from All Shook Up's copyright owners to edit some of Presley's songs and adjust a scene in the musical, which puts a modern twist on Shakespeare's Twelfth Night.

"We wanted to make some changes to keep the play within community values," says a school district spokesperson. Some of Presley's song lyrics together with a scene suggesting cross-dressing—Twelfth Night, of course, involves a female castaway dressing as a male in ancient Europe—were deemed offensive by the unnamed parent. But others believe school administrators folded too easily at the start. "I'm at a loss," one told the Salt Lake Tribune. "They're singing Elvis songs. A girl dresses up as a boy and kisses a boy. ... It's not promoting homosexuality. It was supposed to be a farce."

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Jan 6, 2013 10:21 PM CST
Oh please this is 2013 not 1813. There are worse things going on in this world besides an old Elvis song. Lord!
Jan 6, 2013 7:30 PM CST
Mormons are brain damaged from too much inbreeding. Generations of pologamy is the cause. Self-rightous idiots! Pologamy is still practiced as is their prejudices against all but their own.
Jan 6, 2013 2:07 PM CST
As my father used to say "People are stupid".