'In the Mood' swings into Jax for special performance

Up-tempo 1940s big band orchestra and dancers set to take the stage


JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA – "In The Mood," a retro 1940s musical revue will be performing at Jacksonville's Times-Union Center's Moran Theater on Saturday.

"In the Mood" is more than a concert -- it's a big band theatrical swing revue featuring the music of Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman, Harry James, Erskine Hawkins, The Andrews Sisters, Frank Sinatra, and other greats of the 1940s," said creator and producer Bud Forrest.

In The Mood features a company of 19 on stage including the "In the Mood" singers and dancers with the String of Pearls Big Band Orchestra.  Their music arrangements, costumes and choreography are as authentic as it gets and celebrates the 1940s and 1950s.

"This was a time when all of America was listening and dancing to the same kind of music. Swing aficionados, especially seniors who heard the music first hand, adore this show, but this family show is for all ages! If you have never heard a big band before, this is the one to see," said Forrest.

In the Mood began as a celebration of an unusual era in American music, the 1940s. The Swing Era. On radio, in theaters and ballrooms, the Big Bands were drawing record crowds. Vocal groups and soloists sang a repertory of great songs, and for the last time in the nation's history, the entire country shared a common popular music.

"The body of song did much to sustain national morale during World War II, the pivotal event of the 20th Century. We invite veterans to come out tonight in Jacksonville, we will be paying honor to them in a special way," said Forrest. 

For tickets call 904-632-3373 or visit artistseriesjax.org. Tickets start at $26.50.

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