'Swing!' Revives Music of World War II Era
Daday, Eileen O., Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Byline: Eileen O. Daday Daily Herald Correspondent
Just like its name suggests, "Swing!" the musical opening Friday at Schaumburg's Prairie Center for the Arts, features lots of music and dancing from the big band era of the 1940s.
A theater company called HOTT Productions is mounting the show. Its officials describe the musical created by Paul Kelly in 1997, as a "musical extravaganza."
"It's all feel-good music from the World War II era," says choreographer, Donica Luzwick of Hanover Park. "It makes you feel nostalgic, back to a time when the country needed to feel good."
Kelly's dance revue musical opened on Broadway in 1999 and earned six Tony nominations that year. The show continues to play new venues with its mix of jive, Latin swing, West Coast swing, hip-hop swing and country western swing.
In all the show features 30 song and dance numbers, including such hits as "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy," "It Don't Mean A Thing," "Stompin' At The Savoy" and "G.I. Jive"
A cast of nearly 40 singers and dancers bring the music to life, ranging from high school students to adults. A 10-piece orchestra, or big band, performs on stage beside them, under the direction of Dave Luzwick, while Ben Beach of Hoffman Estates provides vocal direction. …