Monday, October 17, 2011

In The Mood

Yesterday afternoon Susan and I saw In The Mood at the Capitol Theatre. The music and singing was very enjoyable. The String of Pearls Orchestra was outstanding and it was great to hear some of the songs from the 40's and 50's again, such as Chattanooga Choo Choo, I've Got A Gal in Kalamazoo, Over There and Bugle Call Rag.

This is a little bit of history from their official website.
"IN THE MOOD began as a celebration of an unusual era in American music, the 1940s...the Swing era. On radio, in theaters and ballrooms, the Big Bands were drawing record crowds. Vocal groups and soloists sang a repertoire 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 '40s. 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."

"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 U.S. 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 also visited Europe and Canada and in 1997, the band and singers were selected to be part of the entertainment for the 53rd Presidential Inauguration Ball for President and Mrs. Clinton. Touring since 1994, the show's upcoming 17th year of national and international performances will continue to portray the spirit of the music that moved the nation."
If you get a chance, it is a great way to spend a couple of hours.