Swing showcase In the Mood set to shake-up Bunbury in October

Making a splash: Big-band musical production In the Mood will wow audiences at the Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre on Saturday, October 22. Photo: Supplied.
Making a splash: Big-band musical production In the Mood will wow audiences at the Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre on Saturday, October 22. Photo: Supplied.

In celebration of its 25th anniversary, In the Mood will provide Bunbury with a showcase of 1930s and 40s big-band swing music later this year.

Back by popular demand, the show – hosted by Mellen Events – will swing into the Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre on Monday, October 22. 

The show is just one of many dates the group has lined up as part of its new Australian tour. 

This visit, marking the group’s fourth journey to Australia, commemorates their Silver Jubilee and comes after sell-out runs in 2011, 2013, and 2016. 

Producer Bud Forest told the Mail the show would provide an “uplifting treat” for families and music lovers in the region whilst paying tribute to World War II service men and women. 

“The songs, melodies, lyrics, and rhythms are all timeless,” he said. 

“These songs really resonated at the time and resonate with all age groups now, I tell people the show is for everyone aged eight to 98.

“It’s a variety show in that it features dancing, singing, and varying musicians.”

Contrasting the heartache of WWII-era America, the big bands reinvigorated people around the nation. 

The music spoke to everyone through soothing melodies, lyrics, saxophones, trombones, and rhythm sections.

Taking audiences back in time to the “bold, beautiful” period of 30s and 40s’ swing music, the show indulges in the sexy sounds and jiving rhythms of Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey, Duke Ellington, Frank Sinatra, the Andrews Sisters and more.

A team of 19 cast members will belt out hits such as Chattanooga Choo ChooBoogie Woogie Bugle Boy (of Company B)In the MoodSing, Sing, Sing, and On The Sunny Side of the Street.

Along with an array of musical acts, the show will deliver two hours of dancing, period costumes, orchestral arrangements, and “theatrical pizzazz”. 

Contributing to the show is Vic Schoen, conductor for the Andrews Sisters and Musical Director for Universal and Paramount Pictures. 

Broadway choreographer Alex Sanchez also lent his expertise to the production. 

Mr Forest said the show provided new generations with a taste of what music was like in the 30s and 40s. 

“It’s a real pleasure to continue the traditions set by the big bands of the 30s and 40s that played this music,” he said.

“It really jumps around between many different styles and many different emotions, and – over the years – it has proven to showcase a piece of history.”

Head to bunburyentertainment.com to book tickets today.