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

(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."

In this undated file photo, Elvis Presley, left, appears in a scene from the movie, Kid Galahad.
In this undated file photo, Elvis Presley, left, appears in a scene from the movie, "Kid Galahad."   (AP Photo, File)
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