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Santa Barbara theater to host spirited 1940s musical revue

20 Mar 2014 5:38 PM
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Aside from all of the recreational activities that are afforded to Santa Barbara residents - thanks to its coastal location, optimal weather, topographical diversity and proximity to Los Angeles - the vibrant culture found within this California city provides ample opportunities for enriching entertainment and nostalgic enjoyment. Whether interested in fine art, modern media or live performances, it seems there is always something exciting to do in the American Riviera.

And, this Sunday afternoon, the custom will continue, as a traveling troupe of singers, dancers and instrumentalists is expected to draw a crowd of music lovers. At 3 p.m. on March 23, scores of local audiophiles can flock to The Granada Theatre for an exclusive showing of "In The Mood: A 1940s Musical Revue," and bask in the authentic recreation of classic arrangements. If you enjoy up-tempo big band instrumentals and intimate, romantic ballads from decades past, you should make plans to attend, as this concert is sure to be a memorable experience for all.

Show to feature thrilling performances of beloved tunes
Billed as a musical revue, this show draws its inspiration from a time in history when much of the country was listening to the same kind of music, dreaming of a future filled with the promise of prosperity. Though some of those ideals remain today, popular songs don't really appeal to as large of a demographic as they used to.  

Accordingly, In The Mood looks to recreate the sense of enthusiasm and juvenescence representative of the tunes that moved the nation's collective spirit in the 1930s and 1940s. The revue's eye-catching costumes, lively choreography, endearing set list and talented cast of singers and dancers, as well as the sensational String of Pearls Band Orchestra, routinely succeed in impressing audiences nightly. 

A range of seating is available, commanding a variety of ticket prices. Those who wish to enjoy the sights and sounds of In The Mood from the balcony can reserve their admission for $33 each, while seats in the coveted loge areas cost $71. Spectating from the first floor's orchestra seating will run attendees anywhere from $47 to $61, while individuals who enjoy up-close views of the stage can purchase seats in the front orchestra for $61 a piece. Individuals hoping to check for available seating and buy tickets can do so by contacting The Granada Theatre's box office at (805) 899-2222 or boxofficestaff@granadasb.org, or by visiting the official event website.

Group has enjoyed much success, mainstream visibility
Prior to the upcoming Santa Barbara performance of In The Mood, the group has entertained audiences across the country this year, making stops in Florida, Georgia, Texas, Colorado and Arizona. In years past, the troupe has brought the show to major performing arts centers and arenas, as well as prestigious corporate events and state fairs. In fact, In The Mood was selected to perform at the Inaugural Ball for President Bill Clinton's second term. 

The National Archives in Washington, D.C. presented the group to audiences as part of their commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of WWII, and in 1993 the World USO started sponsoring a series of concerts that saw In The Mood perform for numerous sold-out audiences across the country. Since then, the performers have traveled to Europe, Canada, Australia and New Zealand to put on shows for those history buff and music aficionados overseas.

With a considerable amount of experience and success under their belts, the cast and crew of this exciting show are busy gearing up for the upcoming show in Santa Barbara's Granada Theatre. There is still time to buy tickets, however, those interested in attending should make plans soon.