Thursday, January 12, 2017

'In The Mood' comes back to JAX once again

If you missed it in 2015, then you better hurry and get your tickets for this fantastic, toe-tapping, foot-stomping, sing-a-long show.  To the delight of fans of the American Big Bands and the Big Band era, the brassy, all-singing, all-dancing, all-American 1940s musical revue, “In The Mood” returns to Jacksonville’s Times-Union Center’s Moran Theater for two performances only!

Hop aboard the "Chattanooga Choo Choo" and you'll soon be “In The Mood" to hear some great musicians "Sing, Sing, Sing."  Much more than a concert, “In The Mood” is a fully staged tribute to the American music and lyrics of the ‘30s & '40s.  Complete with authentic costumes and choreography, “In The Mood” pays homage to America's greatest generation, when people listened to up-tempo big band rhythms and danced to intimate ballads. Experience the swing, the rhythm and the jazzy, sentimental and patriotic music of this pivotal time in America's history.

In The Mood has a cast of 19 on stage with the hypnotic, sensational String of Pearls Big Band Orchestra plus the In the Mood Singers & Dancers with sizzling choreography, sassy costumes and over 50 unforgettable hits – Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, Tuxedo Junction, Well Git It, Sing, Sing, Sing, On The Sunny Side of the Street and many more.

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 so extraordinary that crowds lined up for hours before curtain time. In 1993, thousands attended an out-of-doors performance on Constitution Avenue and many stayed to dance the night away. As a result, in 1994 and 1995, “In The Mood,” in affiliation with the USO, began a series of tours that played to audiences across the United States. In 1997, the band and singers were selected to be part of the entertainment for one of President Bill Clinton’s 2nd Inauguration Ball.

For the fourth year, stage director and highly-in-demand choreographer, Alex Sanchez, a veteran of 10 Broadway shows, is set to bring the “In The Mood” singers and dancers alive with his staging and choreography.  Alex is committed to bringing a fresh, dynamic, ever-changing perspective on the culture of the Swing Era.  The show has returned to many venues, some as many as eight times, and patrons who have seen the show before are never disappointed.  With the musical arrangements, costumes, choreography, singers, dancers and a live big band; “In The Mood” is as authentic as it gets.

In The Mood
DATE: Saturday January 28, 2017
TIMES: 3 and 7:30 p.m.

LOCATION:Times Union Center Performing Arts
      Moran Theater
      300 West Water St.
      Jacksonville, FL 32202

TICKETS: start at $43.50 and may be purchased online at FSCJ Artist Series, sponsored by Chase (the official presenter of the Jacksonville show), or by calling (904) 442-BWAY (2929) between 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday.  Discounts are available for groups of 10+ by calling (904) 442-2947 or emailing Artistseries Group Sales.

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