IT’S MORE THAN A CONCERT…it’s the show of YOUR life!
IN THE MOOD, which opens at the Van Wezel on Sunday April 22, is much more than a concert as it reflects a time when America was in tune with sentimental ballads and up-tempo swing jazz rhythms, where the waltz and fox-trot competed with the wild, acrobatic jitterbug and boogie woogie crazed Hepcats who crowded the ballroom dance floors. This revue features the IN THE MOOD singers and swing dancers from the New York production with the blistering thirteen-piece String of Pearls Big Band Orchestra, belting out an authentic score of hits.
IN THE MOOD recreates this defining era in our history with a hypnotic big band, sizzling choreography, sassy costumes and fifty unforgettable songs, performed live on stage. “Chattanooga Choo Choo,” “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy,” “In the Mood,” “Tuxedo Junction,” “Sing Sing Sing” and more. This body of song did much to sustain national moral during World War II, the pivotal event of the 40’s. The National Archives in Washington DC brought IN THE MOOD to their audiences as part of the commemoration of the 50Th Anniversary of WWII and the response was extraordinary with crowds lining up for hours before show time. The engagement was twice extended and in 1993 the Archives presented a repeat performance, out-of-doors on Constitution Avenue. The audience was composed of people of all ages and thousands stayed to dance the night away. In affiliation with the USO, IN THE MOOD began a series of tours which played to audiences across the USA.
The show’s association with the National Archives and the USO was altogether appropriate, for much of the underpinning research was drawn from resources of these national organizations. Since then IN THE MOOD has played to audiences in Europe and Canada and in 1977, the band and singers were selected to be part of the entertainment for the 53rd Presidential Inauguration Ball for President and Mrs. Clinton.
The show is beginning its 18th year of national and international performances. The music and arrangements are as authentic as it gets as it reflects the only time in our history that all America was listening and dancing to their same kind of music. Its ability to portray the spirit of the music that moved a nation combined with the resurgence of interest in ballroom dancing and big band music (as evidenced with the tremendous popularity of Dancing with the Stars) new generations are discovering the show’s captivating appeal.
If you’re IN THE MOOD for a sensational all singing, all dancing nostalgic journey through the music which guided a nation’ spirit towards hope, promise and prosperity be at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall on Sunday, April 22 @ 7PM for the “Show of Your Life.”