Thursday, March 21, 2019
A musical review of the Swing Era of the 1940s, music of Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman, Harry James, The Andrews Sisters, Frank Sinatra, etc., cast of six singers and dancers with extraordinary choreography, backed by “The String of Pearls Big Band.”
IN THE MOOD began as a celebration of an unusual era in American music, the 1940s…the Swing era. On radio, in theaters and ballrooms, the Big Bands were drawing record crowds. Vocal groups and soloists sang a repertoire of great songs, and for the last time in the 20th century, the entire country shared a common popular music. This body of song did much to sustain national morale during World War II, the pivotal event of the ’40s. 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. The engagement was twice extended.
In 1993, the Archives presented a repeat performance, out-of-doors on Constitution Avenue. Thousands attended, 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 U.S. 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. In 1997 it was indeed an honor for the IN THE MOOD Singers and Dancers and the String of Pearls Big Band Orchestra to be selected as part of the entertainment for one of the Inaugural Balls at the 53rd Presidential Inauguration for President and Mrs. Bill Clinton.
IN THE MOOD has also visited Europe and Canada. In 2011 the show had the pleasure of performing 32 sold out shows in New Zealand and Australia and was so successful that a return trip to Australia was accomplished in 2013 with over 50 performances. The Aussies and the Kiwis were thrilled to hear this great music and tribute to their veterans as well.
The show’s upcoming 22nd anniversary year will continue to portray the spirit of the music that moved the nation’s spirit for audiences throughout the United States and overseas. IN THE MOOD is a testament to the music and lyrics of America that is timeless.