1940s musical revue returns to Bucks County Playhouse March 21–25

This nostalgic show features singers, dancers and 13-piece orchestra live on stage

The Times

Audiences are invited to take a sentimental journey when the 1940s musical revue “In The Mood” returns to Bucks County Playhouse for a limited engagement, March 21–25. “In the Mood” is being presented as part of the Playhouse’s Visiting Artists Series.

Complete with the String of Pearls Orchestra and the “In The Mood” singers and dancers, the show creates a nostalgic atmosphere that transports the audience back in time — a time when everyone was singing and dancing to the same kind of music.

“In The Mood” aspires to promote the memory of this most significant time in American history and continues to inspire audiences of all generations. For more than two hours this big retro event will hold audiences enthralled with its singers, dancers and period costumes, fine orchestral arrangements, vocalists delivering songs from the ’30s and ’40s, choreographed dance routines and shear American pizzazz!

The unique combination of the sensational String of Pearls Big Band Orchestra, the “In The Mood” singers and dancers as choreographed by Broadway choreographer Alex Sanchez, will be the highlight of the season in a musically jam-packed performance. Treasures such as “Swingin’ on a Star,” “Tuxedo Junction,” “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy,” “Sing Sing Sing,” “Chattanooga Choo Choo,” “I’ll Be Seeing You,” “La Vie En Rose,” “Take the A Train” and “The Last Time I Saw Paris” are just a small part of a program that leave audiences cheering.

“In The Mood,” a 1940s musical revue has been touring the world for almost a quarter century. Many of the music arrangements for the show were written by Hollywood arranger Vic Schoen (1916–2000). During his illustrious career, Schoen furnished music for some of the most successful personalities in Hollywood, i.e. Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Danny Kaye, Ella Fitzgerald, Rosemary Clooney, the Andrews Sisters and countless others too numerous to mention.

“Swing music is alive and well today,” said creator and producer Bud Forrest.

Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett are working on a follow up to their Grammy award-winning duet album Cheek to Cheek. The YouTube channel Postmodern Jukebox has earned more than 400 million views covering big band era hits (the channel has nearly two million subscribers). Michael Bublé, Harry Connick, Willie Nelson and Rod Stewart all have rediscovered this music for a new generation of big band listeners. A swing revival led by Royal Crown Revue, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and The Brian Setzer Orchestra took over radio airwaves in the 1990s.

“Our show introduces new generations to the swing, the rhythm and the jazzy, sentimental and patriotic music of a pivotal time in American history when everyone listened to, and danced to, up-tempo big band rhythms and intimate ballads,” said Forrest.

Nineteen cast members including the sensational String of Pearls Big Band Orchestra and “In The Mood” singers and dancers bring authentic, classy costumes, sizzling choreography and more than 50 unforgettable hits to the stage.

Now in its 24th season of touring, “In The Mood” is a phenomenon among touring shows, performing in 49 states in the United States, as well as Canada, New Zealand, The Netherlands and three sold-out tours of Australia.

Follow “In The Mood” on Facebook at www.facebook.com/InTheMoodLive

For further information: info@inthemoodlive.com or call 1–757–258–1500

“In The Mood” runs March 21–25 at Bucks County Playhouse. Tickets are $45 — $70 plus fees. Special pricing is available for groups of 10 or more. Visit buckscountyplayhouse.org to purchase tickets or call the box office at 215–862–2121.