IN THE MOOD, the brassy, all-singing-all-dancing-all-American celebration of Swing Jazz, returns to our shores in September/October on a massive coast to coast tour, following their 2011 and 2013 sold out runs of more than sixty shows.
This year marks 23 seasons for the blistering String of Pearls Big Band Orchestra and inexhaustible IN THE MOOD Singers and Dancers from New York, who are sensational in this retro revue featuring the music which guided a nation's spirit towards hope, promise and prosperity.
The 1940's was an age when America was in tune with sentimental ballads and up-tempo Swing, where the waltz and foxtrot competed with the wild, acrobatic jitterbug, jive and boogie woogie crazed sub-culture, on the ballroom dance floor.
IN THE MOOD recreates this defining era live on stage through sizzling choreography (from Alex Sanchez - a veteran of 10 Broadway musicals), familiar melodies and romantic ballads, sassy costumes and pulsating rhythms from the STRING OF PEARLS Big Band Orchestra, belting out an authentic score of over fifty timeless hits from Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey, Duke Ellington, Frank Sinatra and the Andrews Sisters -
Chattanooga Choo Choo, Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy (of Company B), In The Mood, Tuxedo Junction, Sing, Sing, Sing, Well Get It, Lili Marlene, Bugle Call Rag, On The Sunny Side of the Street, What Do You Do In The Infantry, Over There, He's 1-A in the Army, A-1 In My Heart and so much more.
IN THE MOOD is high-energy, world class family entertainment and tours regularly throughout the USA, Canada and Europe. It was performed at the 1997 Inaugural Ball for President Bill Clinton, selected by World USO as an official entertainment for the 50th World War II Commemoration and the National Touring Event for the Spirit of 45 year-long celebration, marking the 65th anniversary of the end of World War 2.
Accompanist for the official United States Air Force Chorus, The Singing Sergeants, IN THE MOOD Creator, Producer and Artistic Director Bud Forrest says:
"Many of the arrangements were written by Vic Schoen, the conductor for the Andrews Sisters and Musical Director for Universal and Paramount Pictures. The songs are timeless and this production is as authentic as it gets. We have incorporated influences from our previous Australian visits into the show and are thrilled and honoured to be returning."
Hep Cats, Lindy Hoppers and fans of the Big Band sound will be tapping their feet to the iconic rhythms and mesmerising moves so if you're IN THE MOOD for a nostalgic journey through the music and dance of a great generation, confirm your seats early to avoid disappointment.