What can get your hands to clapping, your feet to tapping, and so invigorating that you just feel like standing up and dancing? "All Night Strut! A Jumpin' Jivin' Jam" at the Omaha Playhouse with songs from the 1930s and 40s with tributes to the Crooners, Swingers, Hep-Cats, and Jitterbugs. This energetic show can't help but put a smile on everyone's face.
With songs like "In the Mood", "Chattanooga Choo Choo", "The White Cliffs of Dover", "Dream", "It Don't Mean a Thing", and my personal favorite "Operator" belted out by Erika Hall were some of the many songs in this musical. As the narrator. Coda, a silent clown reminds me of a Red Skelton routine complete with magic, laughter, and adding audience participation. Anthony Clark-Kaczmarek is wonderful in this charismatic part of unifying the acts and connecting with the audience. There were some somber moments reflecting on World War II but also many uplifting songs throughout the entire show.
The Singers included Council Bluffs' Joseph Dignoti as the bass, Erika Hall as the alto, Camille Metoyer Moten who sang at First Night as the soprano, and crooner, Aaron Ellis as the marvelous lead tenor. In addition The Ensemble consisted of numerous singers and dancers that just kept the show jumping. The first part of the show was enjoyable and after having some microphone challenges after the intermission, the cast relaxed and excelled in creating an enjoyable program for all ages.
Performances will continue on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30 pm. and Sundays at 2 pm. Tickets are $ 40 for adults and $ 24 for students. Receive half-off your ticket when purchased the day of the show if bought directly at the box office using cash or check.
See "All Night Strut" for a great blast from the past. I'm still humming the old tune “A Nightingale Sang in Berkley Square”.