PORTLAND — The first co-production between Maine State Music Theatre and Portland Stage Company, last season’s “The Irish and How They Got That Way,” won multiple Broadway World awards and was the highest grossing show in PSC history so, no surprise, they chose to reprise the collaboration.

In this second year of co-production, audiences are treated to a music and dance time capsule. “‘The All Night Strut’ moves through the Depression, World War II and the post-war boom in a two-act musical celebration of the 1930s and ‘40s, weaving together the work of legendary songwriters such as Hoagy Carmichael, Frank Loesser, Duke Ellington, Johnny Mercer, Cab Calloway and the Gershwins,” a news release notes.

The spirit of the show, as directed by Buddy Reeder is fun, playful and light.

While there are several songs that are recognizable standards, like “I’ll Be Seeing You,” “It Don’t Mean a Thing if it Ain’t Got That Swing,” and “Ain’t Misbehavin,’” I was really taken by the many songs I’d never heard but that were interesting windows to the time period. I loved having such insight into the era and the thought processes and even the different language and slang appropriate to the time. It’s a good, quick, upbeat, fun homage to that era by four talented artists. Some of the music includes fast rhythms, scat and a roller-coaster of challenging highs and lows, which this cast manages with considerable talent.

The cast includes Curt Dale Clark, artistic director of MSMT and a prolific musical theater performer; Missy Dowse, notably featured in recent years in “Young Frankenstein” and “Mary Poppins” at MSMT, and Bryant Martin in his first MSMT/PSC performance. The cast is rounded out by Esther Stillwell, who some may remember from MSMT’s “Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story,” where she portrayed Buddy’s wife and also landed the actor playing him as her husband in real life.

Each of these actors bring incredible depth of experience and talent to the stage. The accompanying band is also noteworthy, including Edward Reichert as music director and pianist, Kinnon Church on bass and Jake Smith on drums. (Jacob Forbes on drums weeks 3 and 4 of the run.)

The costuming and the set echo the eras of the music. I loved that the costumes are bright and bold, bringing to light and life an era we all too often picture in black and white, as if it happened that way. The songs are presented with class and spunk, as appropriate to the compositions. With the set and presentation, you might well feel you’ve found yourself at a USO Club or a speakeasy in the early 20th century.

“The All Night Strut” is a short two-act production. You can enjoy an evening of entertainment and still have time to go out for a quick drink or a bite after in downtown Portland. The show runs through Sept. 10. Performances are at Portland Stage, 25A Forest Avenue. To purchase tickets, call 774-0465 or visit www.portlandstage.org.

MSMT and PSC have announced that they will continue their partnership with a production of “Nunsense” in the summer of 2018. And I’ll be looking forward to it!

Tamara Lilly is a Woolwich native with 30-plus years as performer, tech, producer, director, teacher, board member and staff at community theaters in Texas, Pennsylvania, and Maine. Find the Stage Door Diva Podcast on iTunes or stagedoordiva.com.