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posted Friday, October 21, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 42
In the Mood's '40s music a swinging good time
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In the Mood's '40s music a swinging good time

by Albert Rodriguez - SGN A&E Writer

In the Mood
October 17 @ McCaw Hall


For a contemporary music follower like myself, who knows his Eminems from his Kanyes, the thought of sitting through a 1940s big band performance seemed unexplainable. I wouldn't recognize any of the music, and boredom would certainly kick in the moment I sat down. Wrong, and wrong again.

In the Mood, a sprightly '40s musical revue complete with singing, dancing, and modest period costumes, turned out to be a wonderfully entertaining two hours of good tunes intertwined with high-stepping moves and sassy vocals. Having just toured in Australia and New Zealand, the production swung through Seattle with two performances - matinee and evening - last Monday at McCaw Hall.

The show began with ten saxophone, trombone, and trumpet players in black tuxes marching from the back end of the theater's main floor to the stage while playing the opening notes of 'Yes, Indeed.' They joined a trio of fellow musicians - pianist, double bassist, percussionist - and together, collaboratively named The String of Pearls Orchestra, finished the piece on their feet at the rim of the stage.

Soon, three pairs of dancers - evenly split male and female - who doubled as singers, sprinted out to perform snappy renditions of old school classics, including Glen Miller's 'Chattanooga Choo Choo,' Johnny Mercer's 'Dream,' and Cole Porter's 'Don't Fence Me In,' made popular in the '40s by two separate recording artists, Bing Crosby and The Andrews Sisters. A medley of compositions by Miller, Tommy Dorsey, and Artie Shaw featured solos on clarinet, trombone, and trumpet.

There was lots of lively, impressive choreography throughout the show, which was divided into two acts. During the number 'We Get It,' the performers displayed moves that made Dancing with the Stars look like child's play, and the tune 'One Girl and Two Boys' ended hysterically with one guy hoisting another in a romantic lift, only to realize they had mistaken each other for the woman they were both vying for.

The crowd, which almost filled the main floor with more folks seated in the balconies, was asked to sing along to 'Hey! Ba Ba Re Bop' and responded enthusiastically. A patriotic version of 'The House I Live In' ended the first portion of the program.

Act II led off with a triumphant working of 'Sing, Sing, Sing' that was highlighted by a drum solo. Ditto for a jubilant run-through of 'Over There' and a delightful pair of French-themed pieces, 'La Vie En Rose' and 'The Last Time I Saw Paris.' A string of military-themed tunes was nicely done, which included 'What Do You Do in the Infantry?,' 'Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy,' and 'He's 1-A in the Army and A-1 in My Heart.' Crisp, vintage sailor's outfits, nurse's uniforms, and soldier's jackets gave the medley some authenticity.

Later in the show, audience members who served in various branches and ranks in the military were asked to stand for brief acknowledgement during a 'Military Salute,' and they did so proudly - some even clapped their hands and punched their fists in the air along to the music.

A reprise of the performance's theme song, 'In the Mood' (also played in the first act) and 'On the Sunny Side of the Street' closed out the revue.

Though it's not my preferred cup of tea, the music of the '40s - big band, swing, harmonized vocals - certainly staked its place in history; it defines an important, unforgettable period of time in our country, and the world. While I'm unlikely to download any of the tunes from In the Mood, which was performed at an inaugural ball for President Clinton's second term, I do have a new appreciation for these songs having seen this show.

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