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In The Mood
To the delight of Hepcats, Lindy Hoppers and lovers of Swing Jazz, the brassy, all-singing, all-dancing, all-American 1940s musical revue, In The Mood is coming to New Orleans in celebrating 21 years on tour.

Hop aboard the "Chattanooga Choo Choo" to "Tuxedo Junction" and get "In The Mood" for a "Moonlight Serenade." In the Mood is a fully staged tribute to Glenn Miller, The Andrews Sisters, Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, Frank Sinatra and big band greats of the '40s. Complete with authentic costumes, music arrangements and choreography, In The Mood pays homage to America's greatest generation who fought WWII. In the sound track, they listened and boogie woogied to up-tempo big band rhythms and danced cheek-to-cheek to intimate ballads. Experience the swing, the rhythm and the jazzy, brassy, patriotic,
sentimental music of this pivotal time in America's history: The music that moved the nation's spirit and helped win a war!

In The Mood has a cast of nineteen on stage with the Spectacular String of Pearls Big Band Orchestra plus the six singer-dancers performing forty unforgettable hits.

To get an idea of what In The Mood is about, view our You Tube video:



More about In The Mood
Now in its 21st season of sold-out performances across the United States, Canada and England, IN THE MOOD wowed Australia and New Zealand with a 16-city tour during August and September of 2011. IN THE MOOD takes a look at the life and times of America's Swing Era when everyone listened and danced to the same style of music. Swing music ranged from mellow intimate ballads to up-tempo big band rhythms, where the waltz and fox trot competed with the wild, acrobatic jitterbug and jive, and when boogie-woogie crazed hepcats crowded the dance floors.

Swing Music inspired America with a vision for the future filled with hope, promise and prosperity. The music moved the Nation's spirit and helped to sustain the nation's morale during World War II, the pivotal event of the 1940s. IN THE MOOD recreates the rhythmic, jazzy, brassy, sentimental, romantic and patriotic music of this important time.

Creator and producer Bud Forrest is a Juilliard trained pianist and conductor who served as accompanist for the Air Force chorus The Singing Sergeants. He compiled the greatest music from the swing era into a review that tells the story of the WWII years in a moving tribute to those who fought the war.

IN THE MOOD captures the feel of the 1940s 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. He was one of the seminal creators of the swing-era sound which he imbued into IN THE MOOD.

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. Thousands attended an out-of-doors performance on Constitution Avenue, 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 United States during the 50th Commemoration of WWII.

The band and singers were selected to be part of the entertainment for the 53rd Presidential Inauguration Ball. IN THE MOOD was the National Touring Event for the celebration Spirit of '45, a national project that recognizes the people who fought WWII and their legacy of a rebuilt Europe and Japan and The United Nations, and salutes those who laid the foundation for America's peace and prosperity.

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 Swing-Era music. 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, Mr. Forrest recently engaged stage director and noted Broadway choreographer Alex Sanchez to re-choreograph the show's jitterbug dances and production numbers. 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 or three times are never disappointed as the production constantly evolves.

Be sure to check the overwhelmingly positive patron reviews on the web site - 136 Fan Reviews 4.5 / 5 - by looking up "IN THE MOOD" at (Tickets to this performance may NOT be available through Ticket Master)

This performance of IN THE MOOD is presented by Artbeat, Inc. a not-for-profit arts presenter. Visit the producer's website: for information on all performances being presented in the near future. See video clip and more at High-resolution, downloadable photos available at:

2015 In The Mood USA Tour Schedule
Jan 30 New Orleans,LA New Orleans Saenger Theatre
Feb 1 Atlanta,GA Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center
Feb 2 Charlotte,NC Knight Theater at Levine Center for the Arts
Feb 4 Frederick,MD Weinberg Center for the Arts
Feb 5 Wilmington,DE DuPont Theatre
Feb 10 Columbia,SC Township Auditorium
Feb 11 Charleston ,SC Charleston Music Hall
Feb 19 Pensacola,FL Saenger Theatre
Feb 23 Orlando,FL Bob Carr Theater
Feb 25 Panama City,FL Marina Civic Center
Mar 1 Eugene,OR Hult Center
Mar 2 Bend,OR Tower Theatre, Bend
Mar 3 Portland,OR Newmark Theatre
Mar 7 Seattle,WA Benaroya Hall
Mar 8 Spokane,WA Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox
Mar 10 Redding,CA Cascade Theatre
Mar 12 Sacramento,CA Community Center Theater and
Mar 13 Marin,CA Marin Civic Center
Mar 14 Yountville,CA Lincoln Theater
Mar 15 Santa Rosa,CA Wells Fargo Center for the Arts
Mar 17 Merced,CA Merced Theatre ~ Art Kamangar Center
Mar 18 Lodi,CA Hutchins Street Square
Mar 19 San Jose,CA Center for the Performing Arts
Mar 20 - Mar 21 Fresno,CA Tower Theatre, Fresno 
Mar 22 Monterey,CA Golden State Theatre
Mar 24 Livermore,CA Bankhead Theater
Mar 25 San Luis Obispo,CA Christopher Cohan Center
Mar 27 Long Beach,CA Long Beach Conv Entertainment Center
Mar 28 - Mar 29 Glendale,CA Alex Theatre
Mar 31 Irvine,CA Irvine Barclay Theatre
Apr 1 Escondido,CA California Center for the Arts
Apr 3 Northridge,CA Valley Performing Arts Center
Apr 4 Riverside,CA Riverside Fox Performing Arts Center
Apr 7 - Apr 12 Mesa,AZ Mesa Arts Center
Apr 15 Colorado Springs,CO Pikes Peak Center for the Performing Arts
Apr 16 Denver,Colorado Denver Center for the Arts - Caulkins Opera House
Apr 18 Wichita,KS Mary Jane Teall Theater at the Century II Performing Arts and Convention Center.
Apr 19 St Joseph,MO Missouri Theater
Apr 20 Omaha,NE Orpheum Theater
Apr 22 St. Louis,MO Touhill Performing Arts Center
Apr 24 Fort Wayne,IN Embassy Theatre
Apr 28 Columbus,Ohio Capitol Theater, Columbus
Apr 30 Greensboro,NC Carolina Theatre
May 1 Raleigh,NC Duke Energy Center
May 3 Norfolk,VA Harrison Opera House
May 5 - May 10 New Hope,PA Bucks County Playhouse
May 12 - May 24 Boston,Mass Citi Emerson Colonial Theatre
May 27 University Park,PA Eisenhower Auditorium
May 28 Pittsburgh,PA Byham Theater
May 30 Rochester,NY Auditorium Theatre
May 31 Buffalo,NY Shea's Performing Arts Center