The In The Mood musical revue is coming back to town for two performances Oct. 15 in the auditorium at Hanford High School in Richland.
This revival of 1940s big band music has been performing to packed concert halls from North America to Australia for 17 years.
Tri-City showtimes are at 3 and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $32 for adults, $29 for seniors and $18 for ages 18 and younger. Group rates also are available.
Tickets are available at www.brownpapertickets.com or call 800-838-3006.
The show includes six singers and dancers accompanied by the String of Pearls, a 13-piece high-energy big band orchestra. The music includes the sounds of all the great orchestra leaders of the '40s such as Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, Harry James and Erskine Hawkins.
The musical arrangements, costumes and choreography are authentic to the era when Frank Sinatra and the Andrews Sisters ruled the airwaves.
In The Mood was created by Bud Forrest, a Julliard-trained pianist and conductor, who also served as an accompanist for the Air Force chorus The Singing Sergeants.
The idea was conceived in 1988, and the show began touring in 1994.
"Bud compiled the greatest music from the swing era into a revue that tells the story of the World War II years in a moving tribute to those who fought in the war," said Dan Torti, a spokesman for the company.
"The cast changes yearly, and (Forrest) holds auditions each year in New York City."
But In The Mood is much more than a concert, he added.
"The music and the arrangements are as authentic as it gets," he said. "This was a time when (all ages) in America were listening and dancing to the same kind of music."
The show's indelible mark on musical theater never loses its appeal as audiences continue to be an even blend of young and old.
"There really is no secret (to the show's success) other than a good melody with a good beat will always stand the test of time," Forrest said via email from Australia.
"My goal with In The Mood was to present this music in a manner of what it must have been like to have experienced the big bands, the vocalists and the dancers of the 1930s/1940s.
"The show is not just a concert but a sample of styles. I wanted to make this as authentic as possible from the costumes to the music arrangements. Seeing audiences appreciate this all over the U.S., Canada, New Zealand and Australia has been, and continues to be, very rewarding."
*Dori O'Neal: 582-1514; firstname.lastname@example.org