TGPR client IN THE MOOD has kicked off a massive U.S. tour to 60 cities for 125 performances. 2016 marks the 22nd touring season for the production. Much more than a concert, IN THE MOOD is a brassy, all-singing, all-dancing, all-American 1940s live musical and tribute to the music that has made a worldwide impact and continues to influence today’s music producers and stars.
“Swing music is alive and well today,” says 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). The critically acclaimed Revive Big Band is ushering a new generation of big band listeners by collaborating with famous hip hop artists like Bilal and Talib Kweli. A swing revival led by Royal Crown Revue, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and The Brian Setzer Orchestra took over radio airwaves in the 1990s.
“One huge reason this music has transcended generations is because of IN THE MOOD’s primary music arranger and famous American bandleader Vic Schoen,” says Forrest. Schoen is best known as one of the seminal creators of the big band era sound. He arranged music for Universal and Paramount Pictures and was musical director and arranger for The Andrews Sisters. Forrest, who played piano for the U.S. Air Force Band, created a singing group inspired by The Andrews Sisters that would eventually become what IN THE MOOD is today.
Since the tour started January 28, TGPR has helped grow the IN THE MOOD Facebook page community by nearly 25% (and 41% since December 1). You too can support swing music and our nation’s veterans with one click of the like button below 🙂
After more than 800 reviews on Ticketmaster, the show has received 500+ 5 star reviews for an average of 4 1/2 out of 5 stars. Here’s a sampling of what fans who saw the show had to say:
We encourage music fans of every genre to check out this great night of singing, dancing, hit songs and a tribute to those who served. For more information and tour dates, visit www.inthemoodlive.com.
-Dan Grody, TGPR