IN THE MOOD, 1940's Revue to Celebrate 23rd Anniversary Tour!

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To the delight of fans of the American Big Bands and the Big Band era, the brassy, all-singing, all-dancing, all-American 1940s musical revue, In The Mood is coming to Fresno in celebration of 23 years on tour.

Hop aboard the "Chattanooga Choo Choo" to "Tuxedo Junction" and get "In The Mood" for a "Moonlight Serenade." In the Mood is a fully staged tribute to Glenn Miller, The Andrews Sisters, Tommy Dorsey, Artie Shaw, Harry James, Erskine Hawkins, Benny Goodman, Frank Sinatra and other idols of the '40s.

Complete with authentic costumes, music arrangements and choreography, In The Mood pays homage to America's greatest generation who fought WWII. It was a time when Americans listened and boogie woogied to up-tempo big band rhythms and danced cheek-to-cheek to intimate ballads. Experience the swing, the rhythm and the jazzy, sentimental and patriotic music of this pivotal time in America's history.

In The Mood has a cast of nineteen on stage: the sensational 13-piece "String of Pearls Big Band Orchestra" and the 6 swing Singers and Dancers" performing over fifty unforgettable hits -- Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, Well Get It, Sing, Sing Sing, On The Sunny Side of the Street and many more.

Now in its 22nd season of sold-out performances across the United States, Canada and England, IN THE MOOD wowed Australia for 3 years in a row and returning to Australia in the fall of 2017.

To get an idea of what In The Mood is about, view our You Tube video:

IN THE MOOD takes a look at America's Swing Era, the last time everyone listened and danced to the same style of music. It recreates defining moments from the 1930s/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 the longing for the end of the war when loved ones would be reunited.

Alfred Eisenstaedt's famous LIFE MAGAZINE picture, "The Kiss," epitomized such a moment. These American songs evoke powerful emotions even in people born decades after WWII.

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.

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 review that tells the story of the WWII years in a moving tribute to those who fought the war.
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 is constantly being revamped and updated. While there are a number of permanent Swing- Era songs in the show, many are rotated out and replaced with selections from the huge body of Swing- Era music. Bud Forrest greets the audience after every performance and is constantly taking suggestions from patrons of songs they'd like to hear in the show. Likewise, Mr. Forrest recently engaged stage director and noted Broadway choreographer Alex Sanchez to re-choreograph the show's jitterbug dances and production numbers. Thus, IN THE MOOD maintains a fresh, dynamic, ever-changing perspective on the culture of the Swing Era. Patrons who have seen the show two or three times are never disappointed as the production constantly evolves.

Be sure to check Ticketmaster overwhelmingly positive Fan reviews - Fan Reviews 4.5 / 5 (Tickets to this performance may NOT be available through Ticket Master) http://reviews.ticketmaster. com/7171/898784/in-the-mood-reviews/reviews.htm (paste in your browser)

This performance of IN THE MOOD is presented by Turnaround Artits a nonprofit arts presenter. Visit the producer's website: for information on all performances being presented in the near future. For interviews, press information, etc., contact: Contact: Tara Shisler, Marketing Director:

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2017 In The Mood USA Tour Schedule

Jan 22 Atlanta, GA Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre

Jan 27 Orlando, FL Bob Carr Theater 401 W Livingston
Jan 29 Daytona Beach, FL Peabody Auditorium
Jan 31 Fort Pierce, FL Sunrise Theatre

Feb 1 Coral Springs, FL Coral Springs Center for the Arts Feb 2 Miramar, Florida Miramar Cultural Center
Feb 4 Tampa, FL Tampa Theatre
Feb 9 Charleston, SC Charleston Music Hall

Feb 16 Columbus, OH Capitol Theatre, Vern Riffe Center
Feb 18 South Bend, IN Morris Performing Arts Center

Feb 22 Rockford,IL Coronado Performing Arts Center
Feb 26 St. Louis, MO Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center

Mar 1 Richardson, TX Eisemann Center for Performing Arts

Mar 2 Austin, TX Paramount Theatre

Mar 5 Galveston, TX The Grand 1894 Opera House

Mar 7 Midland, TX Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center

Mar 8 Amarillo, TX Amarillo Civic Auditorium
Mar 16 Sacramento, CA Community Center Theater &

Mar 18 Merced, CA The Art Kamangar Center at the Merced Theatre

Mar 19 Santa Rosa, CA Wells Fargo Center for the Arts Mar 21 Livermore, CA Bankhead Theater
Mar 23 Modesto, CA Gallo Center for the Arts-Mary Stuart Rogers Theater

Mar 24 Walnut Creek, CA Lesher Center for the Arts

Mar 25 Monterey, CA Golden State Theatre

Mar 26 San Luis Obispo,CA Christopher Cohan Center

Mar 27 Irvine, CA Irvine Barclay Theatre

Mar 29 Escondido, CA California Center for the Arts

Mar 31 Mesa, AZ Mesa Arts Center

Apr 1 El Paso, TX Plaza Theater
Apr 5 Elmira, NY Clemens Center

Apr 6 Wilmington, DE DuPont Theatre

Apr 11 Bethlehem, PA Zoellner Arts Center

Apr 12 Rochester, NY Auditorium Theatre

Apr 14 Virginia Beach, VA Sandler Center for the Performing Arts

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