Relive ’40s mood swings
Brecreates a popular warera radio program.
Before the days of television and the internet, families would sit around the ‘‘wireless’’ listening to music, theatre performances, historic events, music and quiz shows.
While double-Mo award winner Kirri Adams can only just remember the days of crowding around the radio, she is ‘‘delighted’’ to be starring in Top Hat Productions In The Mood Again which opens in Spotlight’s Basement Theatre tonight.
Following the success of last year’s In The Mood musical, this second reincarnation celebrates the swing music and programs of the war era through variety style performances, sound effects and music.
Adams starred in last year’s production and says she remembers listening to serials, melodramas, and music programs.
‘‘Instead of the singing competition shows you see today, they had an amateur hour where you could enter and sing,’’ she says.
‘‘They would do skits, and sounds effects and that is what we are re-creating on stage.
‘‘It will be similar to how it was done on radio, but everything is performed in front of the audience so you can visualise it as well.’’
The musical features tunes from Frank Sinatra, Bing, Crosby, Rosemary Clooney, Lucille Ball and Australian celebrities such as Jack Davey, Bob Dyer and George Wallace. ACK by popular demand, swinging 1940s musical In The Mood – Again! (From left) Martin Jennings, Frankie Spear, Tim Carroll, Brad Rush and Sarah Bergervoet in a scene from
‘‘The music will really take people back to the era,’’ says Adams.
‘‘There is something really magical and special about that kind of music, and I have always loved ’40s tunes from singing in many swing bands over the years.
‘‘Last season, we got so many comments from people saying they had never been to the theatre, but came to hear to music, and left having enjoyed a new experience. ‘‘It really is a lot of fun and a great show.’’ The show has replicated everything from the era, from costumes to makeup.
plays Spotlight Theatre Thursdays to Saturdays at 7.30pm and Sundays at 4pm from tonight until October 7. Call 5539 4255 to book.