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moodphoto1GREENVILLE, Ky. (3/31/16) — To the delight of fans of the American Big Bands and the Big Band era, the brassy, all-singing, all-dancing, all-American 1940s musical revue, IN THE MOOD in celebration of it 22nd touring season is coming to the Felix E. Martin Jr. Hall in Greenville, KY on Friday, April 15th at 7:00 pm.

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 a concert, IN THE MOOD is a fully staged tribute to the American music and lyrics of the ‘30s & '40s. Complete with authentic costumes and choreography, IN THE MOOD pays homage to America's greatest generation, when people listened to up-tempo big band rhythms and danced to intimate ballads. Experience the swing, the rhythm and the jazzy, sentimental and patriotic music of this pivotal time in America's history.

IN THE MOOD has a cast of nineteen on stage with the sensational String of Pearls Big Band Orchestra plus the In the Mood Singers & Dancers with sizzling choreography, classy costumes and over fifty unforgettable hits – Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, Tuxedo Junction, Well Git It, Sing, Sing, Sing, On The Sunny Side of the Street and many more.

moodphoto3IN 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. 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.   It recreates defining moments from the 1930s/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. The famous LIFE MAGAZINE picture “The Kiss” by Alfred Eisenstaedt epitomized such a moment.   The music arrangements of these American songs evoke powerful emotions even in people who were born decades after WWII. 

Swing Music inspired America with a vision for the future filled with hope, promise and prosperity. This music moved the Nation’s SPIRIT and helped to sustain the nation’s morale during World War II, arguably the pivotal event of the 20th Century.

moodphoto2IN THE MOOD captures the feel of the big band era 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 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.   We are both pleased and proud to carry on this tradition.

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 so extraordinary that crowds lined up for hours before curtain time. In 1993, thousands attended an out-of-doors performance on Constitution Avenue and many stayed to dance the night away. As a result, in 1994 and 1995 IN THE MOOD, in affiliation with the USO, began a series of tours that played to audiences across the United States.  In 1997 the band and singers were selected to be part of the entertainment for one of President Bill Clinton’s 2nd Inauguration Balls.

For the fifth year stage director and highly-in-demand choreographer, Alex Sanchez, a veteran of 10 Broadway shows, is set to bring the IN THE MOOD Singers and Dancers alive with his staging and choreography. He is committed to bring a fresh, dynamic, ever-changing perspective on the culture of the Swing Era.  IN THE MOOD has returned to many venues, some as many as eight times, and patrons who have seen the show before are never disappointed.

With the music and music arrangements, costumes, choreography, singers, dancers and a live big band, IN THE MOOD is as authentic as it gets.  

 

 
In The Mood

We are already gearing up in preparation for this main-stage show coming on Friday, April 15th. Tickets are on sale now, and you can't beat those prices! Don't miss "In The Mood", a 1940's musical Revue.

Posted by Felix E. Martin, Jr. Hall on Tuesday, 29 March 2016

 

Thanks to the incredible generosity of the Felix E. Martin Jr. Hall Sponsors, tickets are only $10 for adults, and $5 for students, ages 3-18. Tickets can be purchased online at www.felixmartinhall.org or by calling the box office at 270-377-3115.

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