International hit In The Mood came back from Australia and creator and director Bud Forrest was in the studio to talk about bringing swing back to life. View the interview and a sample of the show by clicking on the clip from the video below......
Hop aboard the "Chattanooga Choo Choo" and you'll soon be "IN THE MOOD" to hear some great musicians "Sing, Sing, Sing." Much more than just a concert, IN THE MOOD is a fully staged tribute to Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman and all the big band greats of the '40s. Complete with costumes and choreography, IN THE MOOD pays homage to America's greatest generation, when people listened and boogied to up-tempo big band rhythms and danced intimate ballads. Many of the musical arrangements were written by Vic Schoen, the conductor and arranger for The Andrews Sisters and Music Director for both Universal and Paramount Pictures. Experience the swing, the rhythm and the jazzy, brassy, sentimental music of this pivotal time in America's history.
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At the conclusion of its seven week Australian tour, IN THE MOOD began its United States performance schedule presented around the United States by performing arts centers, universities and theatrical organizations. Artbeat will supplement with performances at additional venues listed on the right. (to see a comprehensive listing of all venue, go to www.inthemoodlive.com) Artbeat is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to bring the finest performing arts experiences to underserved communities including seniors, veterans and smaller towns located off the beaten track.
Artbeat offers IN THE MOOD tickets at discounted prices for groups: senior centers, Red Hats, VFW and other patriotic organizations, service clubs, high school jazz bands, assisted living centers, churches and more! If you need help organizing your group or need tickets, contact the venue you’d like to attend. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Bud Forrest Producer, Artistic Director, Conductor and Pianist of IN THE MOOD began touring this production in 1994 following an overwhelming response from a performance on the steps of the National Archives in Washington, DC. For over 10 years IN THE MOOD has continued to impact audiences with sell-out performances everywhere. Through its musical influence, it became part of the official entertainment for the World USO’s 50th commemoration of the WW II events. IN THE MOOD has performed and toured both in the U.S.A. and Europe and for the Clinton Presidential Inaugural Ball.
Forrest is a Juilliard trained musician who served as accompanist for the Air Force chorus: The Singing Sergeants. He has performed at Arena Stage in Candide and It’s a Wonderful Life, at Ford’s Theatre in All Night Strut, at the Kennedy Center with such performers as Cyril Ritchard, Tammy Grimes, Lillian Gish, Dick Shawn and John Raitt; at the Warner Theatre in Camelot with Richard Harris and at the National Theatre in Cats and Dancin’. For IN THE MOOD, Mr. Forrest has 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 repertoire is updated from time to time based on patron requests and current research.
“Arrangements for the String of Pearls Big Band Orchestra and the IN THE MOOD Singers and Dancers choreography are true to the originals. The sounds of the big band, the vocal groups, solos and swing dance numbers ring out with the same kind of 1940’s feel that IN THE MOOD has strived for during the seventeen years we have been touring.” –Bud Forrest
Many of the musical arrangements were written by Vic Schoen, conductor and arranger for The Andrews Sisters and Music Director for both Universal and Paramount Pictures. The revue features a company of 19 on stage including the IN THE MOOD Singers and Dancers with the sensational thirteen-member String of Pearls big band orchestra.
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IN THE MOOD has been named the official national touring event for THE SPIRIT OF ’45, a year-long national initiative to commemorate the 65th anniversary of the end of World War II by honoring the legacy of the men and women of who endured the Great Depression, defended democracy in WWII and then went on to rebuild their shattered world. The goal of the Spirit of '45 is to remind America of the courage, self sacrifice and commitment to service of our "greatest generation" so that their example can inspire young and old to come together again as a community to face the historic challenges of today. To learn more about Spirit of ’45 Project, please visit www.spiritof45.org
Testimonials from Melbourne, Australia performance, September 2011
"Nostalgic heaven with a feel good result. Entertainment at its finest with fantastic musicians, skilled dancers and singers and a story dialogue that traverses the era of the immortal big band sound. A wonderful journey through time."
"Show was very good. Costumes very true to each time period. Loved the swing dancing numbers and the artists were very accomplished at both the dancing and singing routines, great voices. Loved the band and the choice of numbers, most were familiar."
"I took my 80 year old mother and oldest sister. We loved every moment of the show. It was both amusing and entertaining. The singers and dancing was fabulous and the musicians were incredible. We could have watched the show again immediately afterwards. Favourite moment: Mum saying "Thank you" and that it brought back a lot of memories. She especially enjoyed the Jitterbugging."
"Loved the show. Very nostalgic, knew all the music and could not sit still throughout."
"I loved the way they incorporated Melbourne and Waltzing Matilda into their act. The show was brilliant."
"Funny, sad, mesmerizing. Great voices, amazing musicians, wonderful dancing. Time travelling to another era. Fantastic entertainment for 10 year old to 100 year olds."
"This was a wonderful step back in time, the musicians were an absolute delight to close your eyes and listen to perfect re-enactment of the great war time bands that I grew up with. The singing, dancing and acting by the wonderful troupe was a delight to be part of, all in all a wonderful trip down memory lane."
"This was a most professional performance and an excellent effort was made to engage Australian audiences. Never a dull moment. If you are interested in the big bands of the thirties and forties, don't miss this once in a lifetime opportunity. Singers and dancers were first class."
"Took my 95 year old Mum who often danced with GI's at the Palais during the war years and we thoroughly enjoyed the show....we thought the show was energetic, entertaining and a nostalgic trip down memory lane. Good value.
"Absolutely brilliant performance. The audience was spellbound all evening. A wonderful night - we are now planning an interstate trip to see them again at least once. Favourite moment: All night long!"
"My sisters and I took our father for Father's Day. We all had a great time. The show was brilliant. We were all singing on our way home in the car.
Favourite moment: The whole show.
We received this note from Jim Vaughn of Arkansas:
My wife and I, along with two dear friends, were privileged to sit in on your IN THE MOOD presentation at Riceland Hall, Fowler Center, Arkansas State University here in Jonesboro this past Sunday (October 25, 2009). My friend Tom Waldron and I are 84 years old, the proper age to fully appreciate 1940s Big Band music. We're convinced that your renditions of this Golden Age music is the cleanest, purest, and simply the best we have ever heard, and the two of us we were live witnesses to performances by big band aggregations that were headed by Harry James, Tommy Dorsey, Les Brown, Stan Kenton, Duke Ellington and a number of others during our military service in WWII.