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 spectacular thirteen-piece String of Pearls Big Band Orchestra and the In The Mood Singers and Dancers including some high-flying swing dancers.
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.
Come hear the music that moved the nation's spirit and helped win a war! IN THE MOOD is celebrating its nineteenth year of national touring.
Group tickets (8-15 tickets): $33.75 - $72.10
Group tickets (16 or more tickets:): $23.75-$66.30
In The Mood has become a beacon for the Greatest Generation, Patriotic Groups, Fans of the Swing Era, Red Hats and similar groups. The show was the National Touring Event for the SPIRIT OF ’45, a year long celebration of the Greatest Generation marking the 65th anniversary of the end of WWII.
Bud Forrest Entertainment began touring IN THE MOOD 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.
IN THE MOOD was conceived by Washington, DC's musical producer, Bud Forrest, 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 nineteen years we have been touring.” –Bud Forrest
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. The revue features a company of 19 including the In the Mood Singers and Dancers with the sensational String of Pearls big band orchestra with arrangements, costumes and choreography as authentic as it gets.
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 music from the Swing-Era. 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, after Mr. Forrest engaged stage director and noted Broadway choreographer, Alex Sanchez, to revise the show’s jitterbug dances and re-choreograph and the production numbers offered by the “IN THE MOOD Singers and Dancers”. 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, three or four times are never disappointed as the production is constantly evolves.