Re­live ’40s mood swings

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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.

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