5 question with Bud Forrest, Producer/Orchestra Conductor for In the Mood Live, a 1940’s Big Band Music revue show which swings into Boston’s Cutler Majestic Theatre for a limited engagement.
SD: With the 20th anniversary of In The Mood approaching, did you think the show would be so popular?
BF: It was in development for about 5 years, but when it started it back in 1993, it was really just a celebration to an American era. As for lasting so long, it is really a testament to the music.
SD: What makes Big Band music so timeless?
BF: Well, several reasons. The 1940’s is one of the most significant eras in American history. It was the last time that all Americans were listening to the same type of music. The music itself did a lot to connect the soldiers to home and boost their morale while they were fighting overseas.
SD: Where does your love for music come from?
BF: I just wanted to do what my older sister was doing. I remember how excited I was to tell my parents that I played two notes together on the piano for the first time. I believe for most musicians you are just born with a love of music and it then is up to you what you do with it.
SD: With so many great songs to choose from this era, how do you make the choices?
BF: It is the most difficult thing to do. There are so many different and great songs. There is no story in the show; the music is the show so I choose the music based on the talent. If I have a great trumpet player, I make sure we can showcase his talents along with anyone else.
SD: What can fans of Big Band music expect to see and hear at the show?
BF: It’s a musical variety show. It is a great way to experience the music, sounds, and dances of one of the greatest musical eras in history. It is filled with so much emotion. It is a show for kids from 8 to 88. We always have a special tribute to retired and currently enlisted soldiers.
For more information on Bud Forrest and the In The Mood musical revue, visit www.inthemoodlive.com and for tickets to the upcoming show at the Cutler Majestic Theatre visit www.cutlermajestic.org In The Mood is playing from November 19th-24th.