All Through the Night (1956)

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Cole Porter
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"All Through the Night" was written in 1934 for Cole Porter's musical Anything Goes. The original produciton opened on November 21, 1934 at the Alvin Theatre on Broadway and ran for 420 performances with Ethel Merman starring as evangelist-turned-nightclub-singer Reno Sweeney. It was made into a film in 1936 with Bing Crosby and Ethel Merman, but the book and the score was changed and only two of the original songs survived. It was made into another movie in 1956, retitled Tops is the Limit.

They also made a TV version in 1954, again with Ethel Merman and Frank Sinatra. In that version they changed the main character's name, Billy Crocker, to Harry Dane.

in the original production "All Through the Night" was the third song in the show, but in the 1987 revival it was pushed to being the fifth song in the second act. In the show it is sung by the characters Billy Crocker and Hope Harcourt.

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All Through the Night mojo

This I will always remember as the first song on the first Ella CD I ever bought. It's a nice enough song. Not Cole Porter's best, but it just sort of glides along, smooth as ice. I do rather enjoy the metronomic line "To the monotone of the...

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