Step back into a bygone era with 'In the Mood Live'

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Photo of cast of "In the Mood Live."

"In the Mood Live" at Miller Auditorium Oct. 28

KALAMAZOO—"In the Mood Live," a retro 1940s revue featuring music and dance, is coming to Western Michigan University's Miller Auditorium at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28.

"In the Mood Live" began as a celebration of an unusual era in American music, the 1940s Swing era. On radio, in theaters and ballrooms, the Big Bands were drawing record crowds. Vocal groups and soloists sang a repertoire of great songs, and for the last time in the 20th century, the entire country shared a common popular music.

This body of song did much to sustain national morale during World War II, the pivotal event of the '40s. The National Archives in Washington, DC brought In the Mood Live 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. The engagement was twice extended.

Since then, "In the Mood Live" has also visited Europe and Canada and in 1997, the band and singers were selected to be part of the entertainment for the 53rd Presidential Inauguration Ball for President and Mrs. Clinton. Touring since 1994, the show continues to portray the spirit of the music that moved the nation.

To learn more about the show, visit inthemoodlive.com.

Tickets

"In the Mood Live" at Miller Auditorium is part of the Lake Michigan Mailers Spotlight Series and is welcomed by Meijer. Tickets are on sale now and range from $30 to $35. They can be purchased online at millerauditorium.com, by calling (269) 387-2300 or (800) 387-2312, or in person at the Miller Auditorium Ticket Office.

A 15 percent discount is available to all WMU faculty and staff, and a 50 percent discount is available to WMU students. Discounted tickets may be purchased by phone or in person, and a valid Bronco ID is required at the time of pickup. Group discounts are available at (269) 387-2312.

For more information, contact Bethany Gauthier at bethany.gauthier@wmich.edu or (269) 387-2245.