Featuring a company of 19 on stage — singers, dancers and a top-notch big band — In the Mood brings to life the music of Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman, Harry James, The Andrews Sisters, Frank Sinatra and other greats of the 1940s. Their performance marks the first of the 2011-12 season of performing arts at Three Stages.
In the Mood will perform in Three Stages on Saturday, Aug. 27, at 2 and 8 p.m., and again on Sunday, Aug. 28, at 2 p.m. Tickets are $25 to $39, with premium tickets available for $45; they are available online at threestages.net or from Three Stages Ticket Office at (916) 608-6888 from 10 am to 6 pm, Monday through Saturday, and two hours before show time. Three Stages is located on the west side of Folsom Lake College campus in Folsom, facing East Bidwell Street.
“It’s a timeless music,” notes Three Stages Executive Director Dave Pier. “From those who grew up in the Swing Era to younger generations who have supported the recent resurgence in big bands, In the Mood offers authentic costumes and choreography, excellent performers, and a true love of the music. It’s more than a concert performance; it’s a theatrical presentation of a moment in our cultural history.”
Not only does the company offer more than a concert, they will be guests of Folsom for an extended period of time. In September 2011 In the Mood will be visiting the major cities of Australia. Preceding their tour, the company will take up a weeklong residency at Three Stages, preparing for the trip abroad.
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. This body of song did much to sustain national morale during World War II, the pivotal event of the 20th Century.
The National Archives in Washington, D.C., brought In the Mood to their audiences as part of their commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of WWII, and the response was extraordinary, with crowds lining up for hours before curtain time. The engagement was twice extended to extra performances.
Since then, In the Mood has visited Europe and in 1997, the band and singers were selected to be part of the entertainment for the 53rd Presidential Inauguration Ball for President and Mrs. Bill Clinton. Touring since 1994, the show’s upcoming national and international performances will continue to portray the spirit of the music that moved the nation.