Take a sentimental journey with the 1940s musical revue “In The Mood,” returning to Bucks County Playhouse for a limited engagement March 21-25. “In the Mood” is being presented as part of the Playhouse’s Visiting Artist Series.
Featuring the String of Pearls Big Band Orchestra and the “In The Mood” Singers and Dancers choreographed by Broadway choreographer Alex Sanchez, the show includes big band classics like “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.”
Many of the music arrangements for the show were written by Hollywood arranger Vic Schoen, who furnished music for some of the most successful personalities in Hollywood, such as Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Danny Kaye, Ella Fitzgerald, Rosemary Clooney, and the Andrews Sisters.
“Swing music is alive and well today,” observed creator and producer Bud Forrest. “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.”
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.
For the seventh year, stage director and choreographer Alex Sanchez, a veteran of 10 Broadway shows, including the new Broadway musical “Roman Holiday,” is set to bring the “In The Mood” Singers and Dancers alive.
“He is committed to bringing a fresh, dynamic, ever-changing perspective on the culture of the Swing Era,” said Forrest.
“In The Mood” runs March 21–25 at Bucks County Playhouse, and tickets are $45 – $70.