The All Night Strut: A Fascinatin’ Ryhthm
Garbeau’s Dinner Theatre, which marks its 25th anniversary this year, with new owners and a new artistic direction as well. The first show under the new management is this well-executed, lively, toe-tapping 1940s cabaret revue. It features an energetic, brassy seven-piece band and extensive choreography. There’s also a harmonizing vocal quartet, a team of nine dancers (some in their teens) and numerous costumes. The show mixes swing-band standards by white artists (“Chattanooga Choo Choo,” “Tuxedo Junction”), gospel, an early salsa hit, a tap dance number, songs from black clubs (“Minnie the Moocher”) and a World War II tribute. Its fast-paced production is openly nostalgic and offers no major surprises, but has good energy and an abundance of memorable, infectious songs. Garbeau’s Dinner Theatre; 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Sundays; $18-$28. 12401 Folsom Blvd., Rancho Cordova; (916) 985-6361, www.garbeaus.com. Through July 22.