Playing now through June 25th at the Oregon Cabaret, The All Night Strut is a two-act musical celebration of the 1930’s and 40’s filled with jazz, blues, bebop, and American songbook standards. Weaving together the work of legendary songwriters such as Hoagy Carmichael, Frank Loesser, Duke Ellington, Johnny Mercer, Cab Calloway, and Charlie Parker, the story moves through time and place to highlight a slick slice of yesteryear.
The All Night Strut features twenty songs from the period including classics like:
“Ain’t Misbehavin” (1929) by Waller, Brooks, Razaf
“Minnie the Moocher” (1931) by Cab Calloway, Irving Mills and Clarence Gaskill
“Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?” (1932) by E.Y. Harburg & Jay Gorney
“Lullaby of Broadway” (1936) by Al Dubin & Harry Warren
“A Fine Romance” (1936) by Dorothy Fields & Jerome Kern
“In The Mood” (1938) by Joe Garland
“Chattanooga Choo Choo” (1941) by Mack Gordon and Harry Warren
These hit songs and more will be played by a four piece band live onstage under the direction of Mike Wilkins, the musical director of last year’s smash, Chicago.
The All Night Strut features returning Cabaret favorites Lucas Blair and Natasha Harris, the two leads from last year’s The Pine Mountain Lodge. Lucas’ other Cabaret credits include Dick in Dames at Seas and Riff Raff in The Rocky Horror, while Natasha was also seen in 2010’s A Cabaret Christmas. The All Night Strut features two performers who will make their Cabaret debut – Keenon Hooks and Anastasia Talley.
The All Night Strut previews Thursday, April 20th at 8:00pm before opening on Friday, April 21st. The show closes on Sunday, June 25th. Saturday and Sunday matinees of The All Night Strut begin at 1:00pm and evening performances begin at 8:00pm on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Mondays. 8pm Wednesday performances start in June.