In The Mood
IN THE MOOD will be performing at The Duane W. Smith Theater, on the campus of Los Alamos High School, at 7:30 pm, Monday, November first, presented by Artbeat, Inc. a not-for-profit performing arts presenter.
Tickets for the Smith Theater performance are all general admission: $29 and ($35 VIP seating first seven rows) and available in Los Alamos at Otowi Station and CB Fox in Los Alamos; Nick Potter Books in Santa Fe. Tickets may also be purchased through Brown Paper Tickets by calling (800) 838-3006 anytime, 24 hours/7 days per week or going on line to www.brownpapertickets.com.
With a big band orchestra, singers and swing dancers, IN THE MOOD, is the retro 1940's musical that brings to the stage the music that moved a nation's spirit and helped win a war. More than a concert, IN THE MOOD is a Big Band Theatrical Swing Revue that brings to life the era when all of America was listening and dancing to the same kind of music: Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman, Harry James, Erskin Hawkins, The Andrews Sisters, Frank Sinatra, and other greats of the 1940's. Featuring a company on stage of 19 including the In the Mood Singers and Dancers with the sensational String of Pearls big band orchestra, the show's arrangements, costumes and choreography are as authentic as it gets!
See 2-Minute video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2gIRlWBza4A
IN THE MOOD takes a look at the life and time of America's greatest generation. This was a generation where everyone listened and danced to the same style of music which ranged from up-tempo big band rhythms to mellow intimate ballads, and inspired America with a vision for the future filled with hope, promise and prosperity. This was a time like no other in our Nation's history, a time when music moved the Nation's spirit. Come experience the swing, rhythm, jazzy, brassy, sentimental and romantic music of this important time.
IN THE MOOD began as a celebration of an unusual era in American music, the 1940's.....the Swing Era. On radio, in theaters and ballrooms, the Big Bands were drawing record crowds. Vocal groups and soloists sang a repertory 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 40's.
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 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 also 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." ÃÂÃ,Â¢Ã,Ã,Â"Bud Forrest
Another reason IN THE MOOD captures the feel of the 1940's so well was 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. The engagement was twice extended to extra performances.
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 United States during the 50th Commemoration of WWII. 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.
Since then, IN THE MOOD has visited Europe, performed in 47 state and in 1997, the band and singers were selected to be part of the entertainment for the 53rd Presidential Inauguration Ball. Touring since 1994, the show's upcoming seventeenth national and international performances will continue to portray the spirit of the music that moved the nation.
Duane A Smith Auditorium
Los Alamos High School
Los Alamos, NM 87544
|Minimum Age: 5|
|Kid Friendly: No|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: No|