The Chatanooga Choo Choo has made it’s way to Milwaukee and into the Milwaukee Repertory Theater and it’s time to get on board! After a short break in attending productions at the Rep, Tyler and I headed back over for a date night to check out the newly renovated Stackner Cabaret’s second performance of the year, The All Night Strut.
This production is an adorable medley of 1930’s and 1940’s songs performed by a cast of five triple threat singers, dancers, and actors. Set in a car of the Chatanooga Choo Choo making stops at cities across the country, you will not find an overarching plot to the show but more of a musical revue singing one hit song after another. Some of our favorite songs included:
- “Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?”
- “In The Mood”
- “I’ll Be Seeing You”
- “It Doesn’t Mean A Thing”
This cast of five did a great job of singing, dancing, and keeping this train moving right along. I personally enjoyed that each of the cast members was able to sing, dance, and play along with the instruments in front of them on stage. Nygel Robinson was particularly impressive as I felt he could play or sing anything that you put in front of him. Katherine Thomas’ smile was particularly infectious and lit up the stage throughout the entire show. You couldn’t help but tap along and smile throughout the entire production.
So, if you’re into musical theater (sans dialogue) and don’t mind a show that is more of a musical revue than a scripted production I’d highly recommend that you check out The All Night Strut. It’s fun, upbeat, lighthearted and sure to make you smile the whole show through. I personally enjoyed that this was such a different type of production from what I’m used to seeing at the Milwaukee Rep and think it’s great that the Rep showcases such a wide variety of theatrical productions.
This show runs through January 13th in the Stackner Cabaret. Tickets for the show can be purchased online, by calling the Milwaukee Rep’s ticket office at 414-224-9490 or visiting the ticket office in-person at 108 East Wells Street, Milwaukee, WI 53202 while it is open Sunday – Friday from Noon – 6:00 PM.
Here are some photos from the show! 📸 Photo Credit: Michael Brosilow