IN THE MOOD to Play Cutler Majestic Theatre, 11/19-24
IN THE MOOD, a rhythmic, jazzy, brassy, sentimental, romantic and patriotic upbeat 1940s musical revue, featuring a company of 19 on stage, including a thirteen-piece Big Band and six singers with some high-flying swing dancing, swings into Boston's Cutler Majestic Theatre for a limited engagement, playing Nov. 19-24. Press night is set for Tuesday, Nov. 19 at 7:30 pm.
The show recreates the swing era with sizzling choreography, sassy costumes and over 40 unforgettable songs performed live on stage, including Chattanooga Choo Choo, Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy (of Company B), In The Mood, Tuxedo Junction, Sing, Sing, Sing, 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 more, performed by the String of Pearls Big Band Orchestra and IN THE MOOD Singers & Swing Dancers.
Now in its 20th season of sold-out performances across the United States, Canada and England, IN THE MOOD celebrates America's Greatest Generation through 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. The show's music arrangements, renditions of the finest music of the Swing Era, costumes and choreography authentically recreate the era.
IN THE MOOD maintains a fresh, dynamic, ever-changing perspective on the culture of the Swing Era. While there are a number of permanent songs in the show, many are rotated out and replaced with selections from the huge body of Swing-Era music. Stage director and noted Broadway choreographer Alex Sanchez choreographed the show's jitterbug dances and production numbers.
Creator and producer Bud Forrest is a Juilliard trained pianist and conductor who served as accompanist for the Air Force chorus The Singing Sergeants. He compiled the greatest music from the swing era into a revue about the big band era and the influence of this music during the WWII years. The second act is experienced as a moving tribute to those who fought the war.
IN THE MOOD takes a look at America's Swing Era. Swing music ranged from mellow intimate ballads to up-tempo big band rhythms, where the waltz and fox trot competed with the wild, acrobatic jitterbug and jive, and when boogie-woogie crazed hepcats crowded the dance floors.
Swing Music inspired America with a vision for the future filled with hope, promise and prosperity. The music moved the Nation's spirit and helped to sustain the nation's morale during World War II, the pivotal event of the 1940s. IN THE MOOD recreates the rhythmic, jazzy, brassy, sentimental, romantic and patriotic music of this important time.
IN THE MOOD captures the feel of the 1940s in part because of the involvement of the late Vic Schoen as the show's primary arranger. Mr. Schoen created the musical arrangements for the entire career of the legendary Andrews Sisters. He was one of the seminal creators of the swing-era sound which he imbued into IN THE MOOD.
The National Archives in Washington, DC brought IN THE MOOD to their audiences as part of their commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of WWII, and the response was extraordinary, with crowds lining up for hours before curtain time. Thousands attended an out-of-doors performance on Constitution Avenue, and many stayed to dance the night away. As a result, IN THE MOOD, in affiliation with the USO, began a series of tours which played to audiences across the United States during the 50th Commemoration of WWII.
The band and singers were selected to be part of the entertainment for the 53rd Presidential Inauguration Ball. IN THE MOOD was the National Touring Event for the celebration Spirit of '45, a national project that recognizes the people who fought WWII and their legacy of a rebuilt Europe and Japan and The United Nations, and salutes those who laid the foundation for America's peace and prosperity.
IN THE MOOD plays at the Emerson Cutler Majestic Theatre November 19 through 21. Performances are Tuesday and Wednesday evenings at 7:30 pm; Thursday at 2:00 pm; Friday at 8:00 pm; Saturday at 2:00 pm and 8:00 pm; and Sunday at 1:00 pm and 5:30 pm. Tickets for the engagement are priced at $25.50 - $89.00, and are on are on sale at the Cutler Majestic Theatre box office (219 Tremont St.), online at CutlerMajestic.org or by calling 617.824.8000.