Labor Day doesn’t mean the end of the fun at The Mac-Haydn Theatre. No sir. In fact, this energetic theatre invites you to strut back in time to the music of the 1930’s and 1940’s in The All Night Strut, playing a special schedule September 5 through 14. The All Night Strut is a classy and sassy musical bonanza that has all the special sounds from the depression and lowdown Harlem jive to WWII and stage door canteens to the sophistication of both uptown and downtown night club elegance. You’ll tap your toes and go home humming as jazz, blues, bop and classics bring back the romance, dance and delight of this inimitable musical era.
Starting with the full-throttle welcome of “Chattanooga Choo Choo” and ending with the excitement of “Lullaby of Broadway”, the over two dozen songs in between range from the plaintive depression anthem “Brother Can You Spare A Dime” to happier times of getting “In The Mood” and the syncopations of “Fascinating Rhythm”. There are reflections on the emotions of war with “G.I. Jive, White Cliffs of Dover”, and “I’ll Be Seeing You”. You’ll also hear “Ain’t Misbehaving, Beat Me Daddy Eight To The Bar, A Fine Romance, Tuxedo Junction, Jukebox Saturday Night, As Time Goes By” and “It Don’t Mean A Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing” plus many more as the show goes swinging and strutting along.
Phil Sloves (Bert in 42nd Street, Marcellus in The Music Man) and Sarah Talbot (Sarah Brown in Guys and Dolls, Tzeitel in Fiddler) head the four person cast. They are joined by La’Nette Wallace and Don Seward. Ms. Wallace has extensive experience which includes Sister Hubert in Nunsense, Henrietta in All Shook Up, Motormouth Mabel in Hairspray and Sarah in Ragtime. Mr. Seward has performed throughout the country in shows such as Godspell, and as the Lion in The Wiz, Jimmy Early in Dreamgirls and M. Mahoney in the national tour of The 25th annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.
Good seats are available for all performances, September 5 to 7 and 11 to 14: first week Friday 8 p.m., Saturday 2 and 8:00 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m.; second week: Thursday 2 p.m., Friday 8 p.m., Saturday 2 and 8:00 p.m. and Sunday 2 p.m. Tickets are $29.00 and $30.00 for evening performances, $28.00 for all matinee seats, children under 12 with an adult $12.00. Discounts are available for groups and senior citizens. Mastercard and Visa welcome. No cancellations or refunds. And with summer far from over, you’ll be happy that the Mac is fully air conditioned. Call 518-392-9292 for information and reservations. Visit www.machaydntheatre.org ,or call 518-392-9292 for further information and to order tickets.