To the delight of fans of Swing & Big Band music, the all-singing, all-dancing World War Two era musical “In The Mood” topped off 23 incredible years on the road with a half dozen sold out performances in Northern California just outside the state capital recently.
Following the West Coast leg of their world-wide tour, the “In the Mood” troop heads off to Aussieland departing for their third tour of Australia. The previous two visits down under were complete SRO sell-outs in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane.
“Swing music is alive and well today,” said the show’s creator and producer, Bud Forrest, noting the resurgence in popularity of Big Band and Swing music, bolstered by the internet. A whole new generation of music lovers are discovering the music style. One YouTube channel that features Swing music garnered almost a half-billion views with Big Band era hits and Michael Buble, Harry Connick, Willie Nelson and Rod Stewart who have all have rediscovered this music and brought it fourth for a new generation of Big Band listeners.
“’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,” said Forrest.
Of their California performances, nineteen cast members including the sensational String of Pearls Big Band Orchestra and the “In the Mood” singers and dancers brought authentic, classy costumes, classic choreography and more than fifty unforgettable hits to the stage before enthusiastic, sold-out audiences.
To the delight of theater goers, “In the Mood” brings to life 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 late 1930’s and 1940’s. More information about this great show and their next appearances can be found here.