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In the Mood 

Thursday Oct. 21-Saturday Oct. 23 @ Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center

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The 1940s was a time of American solidarity created from the pressurized depths of the Great Depression and a serious face-off with the atrocities of fascism. Helping keep Americans accentuating the positive was the upbeat tempo and dance craze of the Big Band and Swing eras, cultural phenomena that spread across the country via community theaters, ballrooms and radio.

Named after a chart-busting Glenn Miller masterpiece, In the Mood is a theatrical music revue, now enjoying its 17th season, aimed at reviving that time in our collective cultural history when despite all odds, hope for peace and prosperity was somehow still shining out there on the horizon. Featuring even more classic musical stylings from the likes of Tommy Dorsey, Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman, The Andrews Sisters and Frank Sinatra, this national touring company of 19 singers and dancers—combined with the authenticity of the String of Pearls Big Band Orchestra—blasts through tunes such as “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy,” “2 O’Clock Jump” and “Jukebox Saturday Night.”

In the Mood is designed to smother audiences in all that sweet, sweet period nostalgia, and it doesn’t fail. The evening of swinging entertainment will surely not only have you toe-tapping in your seat, dreaming of the Lindy Hop, it will also have you recalling the fun and inspiration of USO shows, all-night dance-hall marathons and the flood of emotions experienced on the big V-Day itself—even if you are way too young to have experienced the originals. 

In the Mood @ Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, 138 W. Broadway, 801-355- 2787, Oct. 21-23, 7:30 p.m.; Friday & Saturday matinee 2 p.m., $35-$40. ArtTix. org,

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