The last time the music revue In The Mood came to town in 2007 the show sold out so fast an additional matinee was added.
In The Mood will swing through the Tri-Cities again this year with a 3 p.m. matinee scheduled for Jan. 31 in the auditorium at Richland High School.
But if this production sells out again, there won't be time for another performance, said the show's creator/producer Bud Forrest.
"There just isn't enough time to add another show," he said in a recent interview with the Herald.
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"We've got several new songs in this show that we didn't have the last time we came to the Tri-Cities, but there also will be all those familiar favorites too."
Anyone who loves music knows all about that irresistible urge to dance that comes when the Andrews Sisters kick into that World War II favorite tune The Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy From Company B.
Forrest, 61, created the show in 1988 and started touring it in 1994. The two-hour show features the music of Glenn Miller, Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey, Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman, Harry James, Erskine Hawkins, The Andrews Sisters and Frank Sinatra.
The cast of 24 includes dancers, singers and orchestra. The music, the costumes and set for the show capture the essence of the 1940s when swing was the thing and the music played a pivotal role in keeping the morale of a nation from crumbling under the horrors of war.
What makes the big band sound of the 1940s so popular, even today, is that it was the last time all Americans, young and old, were rockin' to the same music.
"Everyone, and I do mean everyone, during the war was listening to big band music," Forrest said. "After the war ended rock 'n' roll was born and that separated the young from the old when listening to music and that still hasn't changed. But there are many age groups that still love to listen and dance to the sound of big band."
Tickets to the show are $29 for adults, $26 for senior citizens and $12.50 for kids 16 and younger. Tickets are available at Tri-City area Bookworm stores or at www.tix.com or call 800-595-4849.
*Dori O'Neal: 582-1514; firstname.lastname@example.org