In the Mood Press Release

“In the Mood” celebrates 22 years on tour

Brings Ever Popular Evening of Big Band Music to Bucks County Playhouse


70 South Main Street, New Hope, PA 18938 (Tuesday – Saturday, 12pm – 5pm)


For Groups: Contact Kathy Pappas at 267.740.2090;

Show Schedule: Wednesday, May 4 – Sunday, May 8

May 4 at 2pm and 7:30pm

May 5 at 2pm

May 6 at 2pm and 7:30pm

May 7 at 2pm and 7:30pm

May 8 at 2pm

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New Hope, Pa. – The 1940s Big Band attraction “In the Mood” will celebrate its 22nd year on tour with a special, revamped performance of its popular repertoire of Swing Era favorites from May 4 – 8 at Bucks County Playhouse.

“In the Mood” takes a look at the life and times of America’s Swing Era when everyone listened and danced to the same style of music. Swing music ranged from mellow intimate ballads to up-tempo big band rhythms, where the waltz and fox trot competed with the wild, acrobatic jitterbug and jive, and when boogie-woogie crazed hepcats crowded the dance floors.

Swing Music inspired America with a vision for the future filled with hope, promise and prosperity. The music moved the Nation’s spirit and helped to sustain the nation’s morale during World War II, the pivotal event of the 1940s. “In the Mood” recreates the rhythmic, jazzy, brassy, sentimental, romantic and patriotic music of this important time.

Creator and producer Bud Forrest is a Juilliard trained pianist and conductor who served as accompanist for the Air Force chorus The Singing Sergeants. He compiled the greatest music from the swing era into a review that tells the story of the WWII years in a moving tribute to those who fought the war.

“In the Mood” captures the feel of the 1940s in part because of the involvement of the late Vic Schoen as the show’s primary arranger. Mr. Schoen created the musical arrangements for the entire career of the legendary Andrews Sisters. He was one of the seminal creators of the swing-era sound which he imbued into “In the Mood.”

The National Archives in Washington, DC 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. Thousands attended an out-of-doors performance on Constitution Avenue, and many stayed to dance the night away. As a result, “In the Mood,” in affiliation with the USO, began a series of tours which played to audiences across the United States during the 50th Commemoration of WWII.

The band and singers were selected to be part of the entertainment for the 53rd Presidential Inauguration Ball. “In the Mood” was the National Touring Event for the celebration Spirit of ’45, a national project that recognizes the people who fought WWII and their legacy of a rebuilt Europe and Japan and The United Nations, and salutes those who laid the foundation for America’s peace and prosperity.

“In the Mood” is constantly being revamped and updated. While there are a number of permanent Swing- Era songs in the show, many are rotated out and replaced with selections from the huge body of Swing- Era music. Bud Forrest greets the audience after every performance and is constantly taking suggestions from patrons of songs they’d like to hear in the show. Likewise, Mr. Forrest recently engaged stage director and noted Broadway choreographer Alex Sanchez to re-choreograph the show’s jitterbug dances and production numbers. Thus, “In the Mood” maintains a fresh, dynamic, ever-changing perspective on the culture of the Swing Era. Patrons who have seen the show two or three times are never disappointed as the production constantly evolves.

Be sure to check Ticketmaster for overwhelmingly positive Fan reviews – Fan Reviews 4.5 / 5 (Tickets to this performance are NOT be available through Ticket Master) http://reviews.ticketmaster. com/7171/898784/in-the-mood-reviews/reviews.htm (paste in your browser)

This performance of “In the Mood” is presented by Artbeat, Inc. a nonprofit arts presenter. Visit the producer’s website: for information on all performances being presented in the near future. For interviews, press information, etc., contact: Contact: Tara Shisler, Marketing Director: ~ 406-880-3199. Alternate Press Contact: Mandee Kuenzle (Bucks County Playhouse);; 908-246-0882.

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