PREVIEW: Mattie Kelly Center shows span Broadway to Ireland

Published: Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 09:53 AM.

The music moved original audiences and inspired subsequent Broadway revivals and countless community theatre and school drama productions.

This inspiring new production features an exuberant finale with the audience invited onstage to dance with the cast, offering a level of inclusiveness not often seen in musical theater.

‘In the Mood: A 1940s Musical Revue,’ Feb. 2

Get “in the mood,” as Glenn Miller exhorted, for the American swing era’s brassy, big band sounds. Relive when the Greatest Generation was young and the nation confronted World War II’s horror.

More than a concert, “In the Mood” is a big band theatrical swing revue chock full of songs that got folks jitterbugging on a “Jukebox Saturday Night” to the music of Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman, Harry James, Erskine Hawkins, the Andrews Sisters and Frank Sinatra. 

Featuring a company of 19, including the In the Mood Singers and Dancers with the sensational String of Pearls Big Band Orchestra, the show’s music arrangements, vintage costumes — including the recreation of a USO show — and choreography are as authentic as it gets.

“In the Mood” takes a retro look back at when music ranged from up-tempo big band rhythms to mellow intimate ballads, and set a mood that inspired a future filled with hope, promise and prosperity.

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