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November 15, 2013

‘In the Mood' brings the ‘40s to life

“In the Mood,” the production that brings to life the music, dance and culture from 1940s America, is swinging into Boston’s Cutler Majestic Theatre for a limited engagement from Nov. 19 to 24.

The show really celebrates all the service people who are sacrificing,” said Creator and Producer Bud Forrest. “And not just the people overseas – those holding down the home front, too.”

The musical features a live band playing more than 40 songs from the era alongside swing, jive and jitterbug dancers who will leave audiences wanting to get on their feet. However, the show is about much more than just having a good time.

"Everyone remembers a person or a place by a song,” Forrest said. “It’s very emotional. There is a whole part of the show that pays tribute to veterans.”

In fact, the show, which has been running for 20 years, was chosen by the National Archives in Washington, D.C., to be part of the celebration of the 50th Anniversary of World War II. After that the production joined forces with the USO to play to audiences across the United States in commemoration of WWII.

“The 1940s were arguably the most significant decade of the 20th century,” Forrest said. “This music was taken overseas and was the glue that held everything together. It gave the men a reason for why they were fighting.”

Celebrating the country’s legacy through music is especially relevant as “In The Mood” makes its first appearance in Boston, Forrest said.

"With the history of Boston and the emotions of the recent history, I think that this will be a special time to celebrate the city and the history of American music,” he said.

Kids “from 8 to 88” will enjoy the show, Forrest said. The WWII generation that first loved the music and the baby boomers who grew up hearing it are at every show. However, Forrest also said he sees many teens and young adults who are into swing music and “young kids with their eyes wide open.”

“A good melody is timeless,” he said. “It’s universal. The show is all about American music, American lyrics, and appreciating this thing we call American popular music.”

If You Go What: "In the Mood." When: Tuesday to Sunday, Nov. 19 to 24. Where: Emerson Cutler Majestic Theatre, 219 Tremont St., Boston How: Tickets $25.50-$89, by visiting cutlermajestic.org, calling 617-824-8000, or visiting the box office.

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