Are you ready to celebrate the greatest generation of music from the 1940s? The Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center will be welcoming IN THE MOOD, America’s favorite big band musical. Take a step back time in time with the music of Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman, The Andrews Sisters, and others of the time period.
As explained on their website, IN THE MOOD is a celebration of the music from 1930s and 40s, what music lovers often refer to as the Big Band era. There hasn’t really been a time since that all Americans have listened and danced to the same kind of music. IN THE MOOD features a one-of-a-kind 13-piece String of Pearls Big Band Orchestra, as well as fabulous singers and dancers. This musical is certain to create some nostalgia for the audience, as the great melodies and lyrics from decades ago are presented in a way that is jazzy, sentimental, rhythmic, and patriotic. When it comes to performances that give a nod to the Big Band era, nobody does it better than IN THE MOOD. From the live music arrangements to the costumes and choreography, this performance is as authentic as it gets.
History buffs tend to look back at the Big Band decades and think of a prosperous, happy America. At this point in time, thousands of young people were leaving home to defend our country, which meant plenty of anxiousness for when the war would end and loved ones would reunite. IN THE MOOD portrays these types of emotions in American life perfectly. Remember that swing music inspired America with a vision for a future filled with hope, promise, and even more prosperity. Overall, this kind of music helped sustain the nation’s morale during World War II.
For decades, IN THE MOOD has captivated audiences to the point where crowds lined up for hours prior to curtain time. Take one of their 1993 performances, for example, when thousands of patrons attended an outside performance on Constitution Avenue and stayed hours after to dance the night away. The next two years, IN THE MOOD went on a series of tours that played to audiences across the nation. The band and singers became so popular that they were selected to be part of the entertainment for one of President Clinton’s inauguration balls.
IN THE MOOD has been touring for nearly 25 years and remains a must-see. The group has even expanded out of the U.S. and into international locales across Canada, New Zealand, and The Netherlands. Today, the performance features a unique mix of permanent Swing Era songs and selections from the huge body of music from these decades.
IN THE MOOD Reviews
Here are just a few of the recent reviews from the tour:
“What a great show. My sisters and I absolutely enjoyed every single moment. It was so moving when they had the active and veterans from each branch of the military stand. As well as the sailor and nurse kiss in Times Square at war’s end. The music was wonderful and the singing and dancing on stage had us wanting get up and dance too. Would definitely recommend this show to any age. I am the youngest of the three and I just LOVED it!”
“I loved it. My 14 year old son loved it. My 76 year old father loved it. The music was great. My son plays saxophone, flute and trumpet and thoroughly enjoyed the music. My dad had a memorable time. Favorite moment: When the band, cast, and audience acknowledged the Veterans and Active Duty Servicemen and women for their service to our country.”
IN THE MOOD will have two performances Tuesday, March 21. The first will be a 2 p.m., with a second show at 7 p.m.
A Busy March at the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center
Come join us for a variety of performances in March! Here’s what we currently have on our events calendar.
Friday, March 3 – An Evening with Betty Buckley
Saturday, March 4 – It’s Magic: A Thrilling New Show of Magic and Mystery
Saturday, March 11 – The Marriage of Figaro by Amadeus Mozart, East Bay Jazz High School All Stars Band
Thursday, March 16 – Neil Simon’s Last of the Red Hot Lovers
Friday, March 17 – Intergalactic Nemesis III
Tuesday, March 21 – IN THE MOOD
Thursday, March 23 – Dr. Alan Ashworth
Friday, March 24 – Kahulanui
Saturday, March 25 – Escher Quartet
Friday, March 31 – Rhythmic Circus “Feet Don’t Fail Me Now”