The All Night Strut

Conceived and Originally Directed
and Choreographed by
Fran Charnas

The All Night Strut

Director & Choreographer
Musical Direction
Musical Arrangements
Additional Orechestrations
Scenic Design
Costume Design
Lighting Design
Sound Design
Properties Design & Set Dressing
Production Stage Manager
Public Relations
Technical Director
Set Construction
Scenic Artist
Wig Design
Production Crew
Sound Engineer
Light Board Operator
Spot Operators
Stage Crew
Key Art
Production Photography

Murphy Cross & Paul Kreppel
Dean Mora
Tom Fitt, Gil Lieb, and Dick Schermesser
Corey Allen
Stephen Gifford
Sharon McGunigle
Luke Moyer
Rebecca Kessin
Leesa Freed
David Elzer/Demand PR
Robert T. Kyle
Red Colgrove
Stephen Gifford
Joni Rudesill
A.C. Bradshaw, Christopher Rivera, Moe Zarif
Heather Sorenson
Kathryn Horan
Christopher Rivera, Heather L. Waters
Andrea Dean, Brie Quinn Renta
Ricky Vodka
Michael Lamont



Dean Mora
Jim Garafalo
Ray Frisby


Michael Dotson     Jayme Lake
Scotch Ellis Loring    Jennifer Shelton

Director's Notes

There is an old Italian maxim:"Canta che ti passa" -- "Sing and it shall pass." Music has always been a way to lighten reality, soothe our feelings and change our mood. The music used in THE ALL NIGHT STRUT! is emblematic of a major cultural shift and electrifying time in American history and music. America was in the Great Depression just after her 1920€™s Jazz Age good times. The clubs of Harlem nurtured a rough-edged, energized music and dance called Swing which soon reached craze status not unlike Rock and Roll twenty years later. Swing provided just the right release to help us through the Depression and World War II. The beautiful melodic ballads of the era added a deeper emotional release from the pain of separation and loss. After World War II, America celebrated her joy and relief with more music and dance.

Cotton Club
The Cotton Club in Harlam, featuring a performance by Cab Callaway, circa 1930
THE ALL NIGHT STRUT! is a perfect reflection of the passions, despair, heartache and exhilaration associated with the early 20th century.

These songs lifted America through hard times and landed her on her feet with style and grace.

Music of all kinds has always been at the heart of art. It inspires us; it unites us. The rhythms and melodies, harmonies and styles touch our senses personally in a way that nothing else can duplicate. It is musical vibrations that underscore our lives: the song that sends you into a swirling reminiscence of a first kiss €“ the ballad that can still bring you to sweet tears thinking of that certain face €“ the melodies that peel away the years and make you feel young €“ music can do this. It celebrates humanity in all its aspects. As Louis Armstrong once said, "What we play is Life."

We hope you feel your spirits lifted and your hearts singing while you sit back, relax, and let yourself float back in time and space to the music and dance of THE ALL NIGHT STRUT!

-Murphy Cross & Paul Kreppel



"CHATTANOOGA CHOO CHOO" (1941) by Mack Gordon and Harry Warren 
Used by permission of EMI Feist Catalog, Inc.

"MINNIE THE MOOCHER" (1931) by Cab Calloway, Irving Mills and Clarence Gaskill
Used by permission of EMI Mills Music, Inc., EMI Entertainment World O/B/O Hi-De-Ho Man Music

"GIMME A PIGFOOT AND A BOTTLE OF BEER" (1939) by Wesley "Socks" Wilson
Used by permission of MCA Music Publishing, a Division of MCA, Inc.

"BROTHER, CAN YOU SPARE A DIME?" (1932) by E.Y. Harburg & Jay Gorney
Used by permission of Gorney Music, Glocca Morra Music Corp.

"IN THE MOOD" (1938) by Joe Garland
Used by permission of Shapiro, Bernstein & Co,

"JAVA JIVE" (1941) by Ben Oakland & Milton Drake
Used by permission of Warner Bros. Music, A Division of Warners Bros. Inc. Sony/ATV Tunes LLC

"CRAZY RHYTHM" (Irving Caesar, Roger Wolfekahn, and Joseph Meyer)
© 1928 (renewed) Irving Caesar Music Corp., Warner Bros. Inc. & Jo Ro Music Corp.
All rights on behalf of Irving Caesar Music Corp. Administered by WB Music Corp. All rights are reserved. Used by permission.

"A NIGHTINGALE SANG IN BERKELEY SQUARE" (1940) by E. Maschwitz & Manning Sherwin
Used by permission of Shapiro, Bernstein & Co.

"WORLD WAR II MEDLEY" (1938 - 1943)

"GI JIVE" (1943) by Johnny Mercer
Used by permission of Warner Bros. Music Corp.

"SHOO SHOO BABY" (1943) by Phil Moore
Used by permission of MCA Music Publishing, A Division of MCA, Inc.

"WHITE CLIFFS OF DOVER" (1942) by Walter Kent & Nat Burton
Used by permission of Shapiro, Bernstein & Co., Inc., Walter Kent Music Co.

"ROSIE THE RIVETER" (1942) by Redd Evans & John Jacob Loeb
Used by permission of Famous Music Corp., Fred Ahlert Music Corp.

"YOU'RE A LUCKY FELLOW MR. SMITH" (1941) by Sonny Burke, Hughie Prince & Don Raye
Used by permission of MCA Music, A Division of MCA, Inc.

Used by permission of Famous Music Corp.

"COMIN' IN ON A WING AND A PRAYER" (1943) by Harold Adamson & Jimmy McHugh"
Used by permission of EMI Robbins Catalog, Inc., Jimmy McHugh Music, Inc.

"I'LL BE SEEING YOU" (1938) by Irving Kahal, Sammy Fain,
L. Lee Philips, Trustee, Sammy Fain Trust D/B/A
Used by permission of Fain Music Co. & Fred Ahlert Music Corp. A/C The New Irving Kahal Music Co.


"I GET IDEAS" (1951) by Dorcas Cochran & Sanders
Used by permission of Warner/Chappell Music, Inc. 

"JUKE BOX SATURDAY NIGHT" (1942) by Al Stillman & Paul McGrane
Used by permission of Chappell & Co.

"AIN'T MISBEHAVIN" (I'm Savin' My Love For You)(1929) by Waller, Brooks, Razaf
Used by permission of Razaf Music Company, EMI Mills, Inc., Anne-Rachel Music

"OPERATOR" (1959) by William Spivery
Used by permission of Conrad Music, A Division of Arc Music Corp.

"DREAM" (1944) by Johnny Mercer
Used by permission of Warner Brothers Music Corp.

"BEAT ME DADDY, EIGHT TO THE BAR" (1940) by Don Raye, Hughie Prince & Eleanore Sheehy
Used by permission of MCA Music, A Division of MCA, Inc.

"A FINE ROMANCE" (1936) by Dorothy Fields & Jerome Kern
Used by permission of Polygram International Publishing, Inc., ALDI Music Company

"TUXEDO JUNCTION" (1940) by Erskine Hawkins, Buddy Feyne, William Johnson & Julian Dash
Used by permission of Rytvoc, Inc., Lewis Music Publishing Co., Inc,

"AS TIME GOES BY" (1931) by Herman Hupfield
Used by permission of Warner Bros. Music, A Division of Warner Bros., Inc

"HIT THAT JIVE, JACK" (1941) by Skeets Tolbert & Johnny Alston
Used by permission of MCA Music Publishing, A Division of MCA, Inc.

"IT DON'T MEAN A THING" (If It Ain't Got That Swing) (1932) by Duke Ellington & Irving Mills
Used by permission of EMI Mills Music, Inc., Famous Music Corporation

"BILLIE'S BOUNCE" (1945) by Charlie Parker
Used by permission of Atlantic Music Corporation

"LULLABY OF BROADWAY" (1936) by Al Dubin & Harry Warren
Used by permission of Warner Bros. Music, Inc., a Division of Warner Bros., Inc.

Running Time: 2 Hours


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