In The Mood: 1940s Big Band Revue at Palace of Fine Arts Theatre
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The razor-sharp wit of famed stand-up Paula Poundstone will be on full display, as she slices and dices her way through an evening of keen cultural commentary. Famed for a quick mind that always manages to come up with the perfect quip, Poundstone is a master of riffing off the crowd. It's also why she's the perfect panelist for NPR's Wait Wait ... Don't Tell Me!, where she's featured alongside some of the nation's leading pundits. She broke through in 1990 with her acclaimed HBO special Cats, Cops and Stuff, and was both the first woman to be invited to perform at the White House Correspondents' dinner and the first woman to win a CableACE Award for Best Stand-Up Comedy Special. Still knocking them dead as a headliner, Poundstone released her latest comedy disc, I Heart Jokes: Paula Tells Them in Boston, in April 2013, and has recently toured as part of the A Prairie Home Companion live show. Learn More
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Featured review from Bryan Howell
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Horrible. The band was ok, but the "singing" and "dancing" were like some fresh new alternative to waterboarding. The performers could barely hold a note (one of the six had a good voice, but the other five actually sucked talent from her via sheer proximity), and as for their dancing skills.... let's just say I haven't seen choreography place quite that much emphasis on jazz hands and foot-tapping since my first grade Thanksgiving pageant.
The musical numbers were mashed together in some half-baked medley of 40s-flavor mush, broken only by ham-handed monologues and 'skits' so saccharine and mindless it was like watching Frankenstein's monster drown in diabetic-friendly pancake syrup.
My wife and I left during the first intermission, weeping tears of joy for our new appreciation of personal freedom.
Avoid -- running full speed, if need be.
With a big band orchestra, singers and dancers, In The Mood presents a retro 1940s musical. Much more than a concert, In The Mood takes a retro look at the life and time of America’s greatest generation, a generation that was listening and dancing to the same kind of music. With music and dance performed to up-tempo big band rhythms and mellow intimate ballads, a mood was set to inspire a future filled with hope, promise and prosperity. This was a time like no other in our nation’s history, a time when music moved the nation’s spirit. Come experience the swing, rhythm, jazzy, brassy, sentimental and romantic music of this important time.
In The Mood was conceived by Washington, D.C.'s musical producer, Bud Forrest. Many of the musical arrangements were written by Vic Schoen, the conductor and arranger for The Andrews Sisters, and Music Director for both Universal and Paramount Pictures. The revue features a company of 24, including the In the Mood singers and dancers, and the sensational String of Pearls big band orchestra.
Bud Forrest Entertainment began touring In The Mood in 1994 following an overwhelming response from a performance on the steps of the National Archives in Washington, D.C. For more than 10 years, In The Mood has continued to impact audiences with sold-out performances everywhere. Through its musical influence, it became part of the official entertainment for the World USO’s 50th commemoration of the WWII events. In The Mood has performed and toured both in the U.S. and Europe and for the Clinton Presidential Inaugural Ball.