IN THE MOOD, A 1940s Big Band Musical Revue, Announces 2016 U.S. Tour

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IN THE MOOD, A 1940s Big Band Musical Revue, Announces 2016 U.S. Tour

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Williamsburg, VA – December 1, 2015 – To the delight of fans of American Big Bands and the Big Band era, the brassy, all-singing, all-dancing and all-American 1940s musical revue IN THE MOOD ( celebrates 22 years on the road with a new U.S. tour kicking off in January 2016. Much more than a concert, IN THE MOOD is a live, fully staged tribute to the American music and lyrics of the ‘30s & ’40s. Nineteen cast members including the sensational String of Pearls Big Band Orchestra and the In the Mood Singers & Dancers bring authentic, classy costumes, sizzling choreography and more than fifty unforgettable hits to the stage. IN THE MOOD will visit more than 60 cities for 125 performances.

“IN THE MOOD pays homage to America’s greatest generation, when people listened to up-tempo big band rhythms and danced to intimate ballads,” says Creator and Producer Bud Forrest. “The show’s success over two decades is a sign that the swing era music is alive and well, plus we’re introducing new generations to the swing, the rhythm and the jazzy, sentimental and patriotic music of a pivotal time in American history.”

IN THE MOOD celebrates 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. Hop aboard the “Chattanooga Choo Choo” and you’ll soon be “In The Mood” to hear timeless melodies from the Great American Songbook.  Hit songs include Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, Tuxedo Junction, Well Git It, On The Sunny Side of the Street, In the Mood and many more. “These songs are still very popular and part of the core catalog for high school and college jazz bands performing today.”

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Now in its 22nd season of touring, IN THE MOOD is a phenomenon among touring shows, performing in 49 states in the U.S, Canada, New Zealand, The Netherlands and two sold-out tours of Australia.

IN THE MOOD takes a look at America’s Swing Era and recreates defining moments from the 1930s and 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 longing for the end of the war when loved ones would be reunited,” says Forrest. The show pays tribute to all veterans – from WWII to today’s men and women in uniform.   The arrangements of these American songs evoke powerful emotions even in people who were born decades after WWII.

The late Vic Schoen, the show’s primary arranger, created the musical arrangements for the entire career of the legendary Andrews Sisters and was Music Director for both Universal and Paramount Pictures. He was one of the seminal creators of the swing-era sound that he imbued into IN THE MOOD.

For the fifth year, stage director and the highly-in-demand choreographer Alex Sanchez, a veteran of 11 Broadway shows, is set to bring the IN THE MOOD Singers and Dancers alive with his staging and choreography. “He is committed to bringing a fresh, dynamic, ever-changing perspective on the culture of the Swing Era,” says Forrest.

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A partial list of IN THE MOOD 2016 tour dates is listed below (subject to change). Visit www for a complete list:

January 28

Spartanburg, SC

Memorial Auditorium

January 29

Macon, GA

Grand Opera House

January 31

Charlotte, NC

Knight Theater

February 2

Huntsville, AL

Von Braun Center

February 4

Augusta, GA

Imperial Theatre

February 5

Athens, GA

UGA PAC – Hodgsen

February 8

Birmingham, AL

Alabama Theater

February 23

Riverside, CA

FOX Performing Arts Center

March 16-17

Kansas City, MO

Helzberg Hall-Kauffman Center

March 19

Galesburg, IL

Orpheum Theatre

March 23-26

Cleveland, OH

Ohio Theatre

April 2

Columbus, OH

Capitol Theatre

April 3

Carmel, IN

The Palladium

April 5-6

Pittsburgh, PA

Byham Theater

April 7

Dayton, OH

Victoria Theatre

April 8

Akron, OH

Akron Civic Theatre

April 9

Cincinnati, OH

Aronoff Center-Procter & Gamble Hall

April 20

Frederick, MD

Weinberg Center

April 22

Hartford, CT

The Bushnell

April 26

Burlington, VT

Flynn Center

April 27

Keene, NH

Colonial Theatre

April 28

Portsmouth, NH

Music Hall

April 29

Lynn, MA

Lynn Auditorium

April 30 – May 1

New Haven, CT

Shubert Theater


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