September 21 thru 24
Theatre in the Circle presents another Cleveland musical chestnut, The All Night Strut, with a stellar cast of musical theatre professionals. The show premiered in 1976 at Pickle Bill’s in the Flats, then moved to the State Theatre in the pre-renovation days of Playhouse Square.
Everybody’s favorite boy-next-door, Robert Kowalewski, is taking the radio-idol tenor role in The All Night Strut quartet. He has appeared in many productions at Pittsburgh Musical Theater (Les Miz, Sound of Music, Spring Awakening, Chess), Cassidy Theatre (Big: the Musical, Titanic) True North (Next To Normal, South Pacific) and most recently as Albert Einstein at Blank Canvas in Picasso at the Lapin Agile. Robert’s impressive voice and interpretive instincts serve him (and us) well in capturing the hope, joy, frivolity of a time when our country grew by leaps and bounds, but the specter of war and loss loomed large.
Miguel D. Osborne, actor, choreographer and costume/fashion designer, joins the cast as the quartet’s bass. Miguel has graced the Karamu House stage in Dreamgirls, Julius Caesar, Aint’ Misbehavin’, God’s Trombone and at Tri-C Metro in You Can’t Take It With You and Cassidy Theater in Victor/Victoria. Film and television credits feature prominently in his resume. Miguel’s plaintive “Brother Can You Spare A Dime?” in The All Night Strut captures the boom times and the bum times of the show’s era.
Lakewood resident and theatre veteran, Neda Spears, ably carries the alto part of The All Night Strut’s tight harmonies. Neda was Susannah at Actor’s Summit in Tintypes, Mona Lisa in A Song for Coretta and Kali in Huck and Holden at Ensemble Theatre. She has appeared in over a dozen shows in Alabama and the Chicago metro area. Neda brings a sassy, sultry, world-weary awareness to this show’s musical time capsule.
After playing long list of ingenue leads all over NE Ohio: Geauga Lyric Theater (Diana, the Musical, Mary Poppins), Beachwood Theater (Beauty and the Beast), True North (South Pacific, Happy Days), Brecksville Theater (Guys and Dolls), Jill Marie Zeszut makes her Theatre in the Circle debut in The All Night Strut. Jill brings a very nuanced voice and a ton of pizazz to this production. This talented young lady’s rendition of “I’ll Be Seeing You” will leave not a dry eye in the house.
We are blessed to have at the boundless energy, infectious enthusiasm, and seasoned creativity of Jen Justice as choreographer for The All Night Strut.
Join us to see this splendid cast sing, shimmy, scat and soar through this wonderful trip down memory lane with songs like “Chattanooga Choo Choo”, “Minnie the Moocher”, “Java Jive”, “White Cliffs of Dover”, “A Fine Romance”, “In The Mood”, “As Time Goes By” and many, many more.
The All Night Strut opens Thursday, Sept. 21 at 7:30 p.m. and continues on Friday, Sept. 22 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 23 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and closes on Sunday, Sept. 24 at 2:00 p.m.