Two Of Maine's Cultural Institutions Collaborate on THE ALL NIGHT STRUT!

Maine State Music Theatre (MSMT) in Brunswick and Portland Stage (PS) in Portland, Maine announce a second partnership and artistic collaboration that will continue to broaden the connection between the two communities and deepen the program offerings for both theatres' audiences.

Last season the two organizations combined creative and administrative forces to bring Frank McCourt's irreverent musical The Irish... And How They Got That Way, to critical acclaim and sold out performances. Anita Stewart, Executive and Artistic Director of Portland Stage says "Our audience is still talking about The Irish....And How They Got That Way, our first collaborative project with MSMT. So after our first hit, I'm looking forward partnering with MSMT for a second time on a great production to be announced April 3rd, 2017." Curt Dale Clark, Artistic Director for MSMT, followed with "This collaboration with Portland Stage just makes sense - when arts organizations work together the end result is even greater than the sum of its parts. We are delighted to partner once again with Portland Stage on this beautiful production of a play that I know both of our audiences and the whole community will love."

Performances will be at Portland Stage, 25A Forest Avenue, between Congress and Cumberland in Portland Maine.

Conceived and Originally Directed and Choreographed by Fran Charnas. Musical Arrangements by Tom Fitt, Gil Lieb, and Dick Schermesser. Additional Orchestrations by Corey Allen Presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.

THE ALL NIGHT STRUT!

Swing's the thing in this classy, sassy musical celebration of the 1930s and '40s. From the funky jive of Harlem to the sophisticated elegance of El Morocco and the romance of the Stage Door Canteen, The All Night Strut! offers an evening filled with jazz, blues, bebop and classic American songs.

The All Night Strut! moves through the Depression, World War II and the post-war boom in a two-act musical celebration of the 1930s and '40s. Weaving together the work of legendary songwriters such as Hoagy Carmichael, Frank Loesser, Duke Ellington, Johnny Mercer, Cab Calloway and the Gershwins, the story moves through time and place telling the story of a beloved American era through its song and music.

This international hit has delighted audiences old and young with its sublime music and sheer energy with songs including "Minnie The Moocher," "In The Mood," "Fascinating Rhythm," "Hit That Jive, Jack," I'll Be Seeing You," "It Don't Mean a Thing if it Ain't Got That Swing," and "As Time Goes By."

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