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IN THE MOOD 1940s Big Band, Swing Dance Musical Revue. Wednesday, April 3rd ~ 7:00 pm

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, costumes and choreography are as authentic as it gets.
This brassy, upbeat 1940s musical revue features a company of 19 on stage: the sensational thirteen-piece String of Pearls Big Band Orchestra and the In The Mood Singers and Dancers including a high-flying swing dance couple.
In The Mood
Wednesday, April 3rd 2013, 7:00 pm
The Majestic Ventura Theater ~ 26 South Chestnut Street, Ventura, CA 93001
Tickets: VIP seats $39; General Admission: $29
For tickets call the Box Office 805-653-0721 open Tuesday through Saturday, 11 am – 6 pm.
Show Information: www.artbeatshows.org and www.inthemoodlive.com.
Venue Information: www.venturatheater.net
To get a vivid idea about what IN THE MOOD is about, view our YouTube preview:

In The Mood recreates the era with sizzling choreography, sassy costumes and over 40 unforgettable songs performed live on stage, like “Chattanooga Choo Choo,” “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy (of Company B),” “In The Mood,” “Tuxedo Junction,” “Sing, Sing, Sing” and more.
Now in its 19th season of sold-out performances across the United States, Canada and England, IN THE MOOD wowed Australia and New Zealand with a 16-city tour during August and September of 2011. (see review below)
IN THE MOOD takes a look at America’s Swing Era, the last time when everyone listened and danced to the same style of music. 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.
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 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 set 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 the overwhelmingly positive patron reviews on the TicketMaster.com web site – 136 Fan Reviews 4.5 / 5 – by looking up “IN THE MOOD” at www.ticketmaster.com. (Tickets to this performance may NOT be available through Ticket Master)
This performance of IN THE MOOD is presented by Artbeat, Inc. a not-for-profit arts presenter. Visit the producer’s website: www.inthemoodlive.com for information on all performances being presented in the near future. For interviews, press information, etc., contact: Dan Torti, Marketing Director: dan@artbeatshows.org ~ (314) 308 6834. See video clip and more at www.artbeatshows.org
High-resolution, downloadable photos available at: www.inthemoodlive.com
Patron Letter to Bud Forrest, Producer, In The Mood
Dear Mr. Forrest

Last evening my husband and I took my parents to see “In the Mood” at the Stadium Theater in Woonsocket, RI. I wanted to share with you observations of my parents during the show.

To give you a little background on my parents, my father was born in 1919, my mother in 1925. He is a WWII veteran who was overseas four years during the war. My mother was attending nursing school wearing the same uniform and cap worn on the show. We children were brought up listening to Big Band music and I have to say didn’t appreciate it much back then.

It wasn’t long after the show began that their feet were tapping to the music, eyes glued to the stage and smiles on their faces. Throughout the show, they were either softly clapping to the music, holding hands, giving each other secret smiles as if to say “remember when…”. Sometimes they would close their eyes and remain still and I knew they were deep in their own memories. Once, when my mother had her eyes close for a while, I leaned over and asked if she was getting tired, she opened her eyes to look at me and whispered, “I’m twenty again”. When Dreams and Stardust were played, my parents were holding hands and back on some dance floor waltzing together. My father was/is a wonderful dancer and my mother pointed to one of the gentleman in the cast and said, “See how he moves, your father moved like that.” Then there was a moment; I don’t remember which song it was, but my Dad starting humming to the music out loud, as he often did at home, drawing attention to everyone around us. What could they say?
He’s 88!

And the crowning touch of the evening was the call to the individual branches of serviceman. Shoulders back, head held high, my father stood along with other veterans. They first seemed hesitant then turned to face the applauding crowd, waving, arms flying, fists raised in victory. The pride, honor, and appreciation of the audience’s acknowledgement that their years of service have not been forgotten were worth more than money could ever buy.

My only regret was that I couldn’t take any photos, not so much the show (although I would have loved that also) but of my parents. The looks on their faces, the rapture and sparkle in their eyes, seeing them not as they are today or even as I remember them while growing up, but as they were in their youth. The years seemed to have faded away from their faces and once again they were young, full of life, dating, dancing, and dreaming of their futures. So thank you and your wonderful, talented singers/dancers and orchestra for the memories and joy you inspire and a precious gift to what remains of the Greatest Generation.

Sincerely,

Connie Whalen, Woonsocket, Rhode Island

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