To the delight of fans of American Big Bands and the Big Band era, the brassy, all-singing, all-dancing and all-American 1940s musical IN THE MOOD (www.inthemoodlive.com) celebrates 22 years on the road with a new U.S. tour visiting 60 cities for 125 performances including one show at Lynn Memorial Auditorium on April 29 at 7pm. Much more than a concert, IN THE MOOD is a brassy, all-singing, all-dancing, all-American 1940s live musical and tribute to the music that has made a worldwide impact and continues to influence today’s music producers and stars.
Tickets start at $24, are on sale now and available by calling 781-559-7469, online at ticketmaster.com or by calling Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000, or at the venue box office located at 3 City Hall Square.
“Swing music is alive and well today,” says Creator and Producer Bud Forrest. Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett are working on a follow up to their Grammy award-winning duet album Cheek to Cheek. The YouTube channel Postmodern Jukebox has earned more than 400 million views covering big band era hits (the channel has nearly two million subscribers). The critically acclaimed Revive Big Band is ushering a new generation of big band listeners by collaborating with famous hip hop artists like Bilal and Talib Kweli. A swing revival led by Royal Crown Revue, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and The Brian Setzer Orchestra took over radio airwaves in the 1990s.
“One huge reason this music has transcended generations is because of IN THE MOOD’s primary music arranger and famous American bandleader Vic Schoen,” says Forrest. Schoen is best known as one of the seminal creators of the big band era sound. He arranged music for Universal and Paramount Pictures and was musical director and arranger for The Andrews Sisters. Forrest, who played piano for the U.S. Air Force Band, created a singing group inspired by The Andrews Sisters that would eventually become what IN THE MOOD is today.
“IN THE MOOD introduces new generations to the swing, the rhythm and the jazzy, sentimental and patriotic music of a pivotal time in American history when everyone listened to, and danced to, up-tempo big band rhythms and intimate ballads,” says Forrest. Nineteen cast members including the sensational String of Pearls Big Band Orchestra and In the Mood Singers & Dancers bring authentic, classy costumes, sizzling choreography and more than fifty unforgettable hits to the stage.
IN THE MOOD celebrates the music of Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman, Harry James, Erskine Hawkins, The Andrews Sisters, Frank Sinatra and other idols of the 1940s. Hop aboard the “Chattanooga Choo Choo” and you’ll soon be “In The Mood” to hear timeless melodies from the Great American Songbook. Hit songs include Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, Tuxedo Junction, Well Git It, On The Sunny Side of the Street, In the Mood and many more. “These songs are still very popular and part of the core catalog for high school and college jazz bands performing today.”
Watch a preview of the action here: https://youtu.be/n-0o5njMnUc
Now in its 22nd season of touring, IN THE MOOD is a phenomenon among touring shows, performing in 49 states in the U.S, Canada, New Zealand, The Netherlands and two sold-out tours of Australia.
IN THE MOOD takes a look at America’s Swing Era and recreates defining moments from the 1930s and 1940s. “From the happy-go-lucky era before WWII to the start of the war when thousands of our youth were going abroad to defend our freedoms and longing for the end of the war when loved ones would be reunited,” says Forrest. The show pays tribute to all veterans – from WWII to today’s men and women in uniform. The arrangements of these American songs evoke powerful emotions even in people who were born decades after WWII.
The late Vic Schoen, the show’s primary arranger, created the musical arrangements for the entire career of the legendary Andrews Sisters and was Music Director for both Universal and Paramount Pictures. He was one of the seminal creators of the swing-era sound that he imbued into IN THE MOOD.
For the fifth year, stage director and the highly-in-demand choreographer Alex Sanchez, a veteran of 11 Broadway shows, is set to bring the IN THE MOOD Singers and Dancers alive with his staging and choreography. “He is committed to bringing a fresh, dynamic, ever-changing perspective on the culture of the Swing Era,” says Forrest.
Follow IN THE MOOD on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/InTheMoodLive.