Festival Events Calendar
Wednesday Jul 28
8:00 pSwingin' The Dream
Thursday Jul 29
2:00 pWhy Can't You Behave?
8:00 pMan Bites Dog
Friday Jul 30
2:00 pThe Rain In Spain
Saturday Jul 31
8:00 pSuch Sweet Thunder
Thursday Aug 5
2:00 pWhere Did Robinson Crusoe Go
8:00 pWhen You Wish Upon A Star
Friday Aug 6
2:00 pSomewhere
Saturday Aug 7
8:00 pI Could Write A Book
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In late November, 1939 an intriguing musical opened at the Center Theatre in New York. Billed as a swing version of Shakespeare's A Midsummer's Night's Dream (1594-6), Swingin" The Dream was set in New Orleans in 1890 and featured a cast of 150, mostly African American actors, singers, and musicians, including Louis Armstrong as Bottom, Maxine Sullivan as Titania, Butterfly McQueen as Puck, and Moms Mabley as Quince. Agnes de Mille staged the dances, Walt Disney designed the sets, and there were two jazz bands in side boxes of the house - Benny Goodman's sextet and Bud Freeman's Summa Cum Laude Orchestra, with a full pit orchestra in the middle conducted by Don Voorhees.
Jimmy Van Heusen and Eddie DeLange created 7 songs for the show (including the one that became a big hit, "Darn That Dream"), brought in elements of Felix Mendelssohn's 1842 Midsummer Night's Dream (most notably his famous "Wedding March"), and threw in a bunch of hot swing numbers of the day, including Count Basie's "Jumpin' At The Woodside", Goodman's "Flying Home" and 14-odd other numbers ranging from "Saint Louis Blues", "I Can't Give You Anything But Love" and “Dinah” to "Ain't Misbehavin'" “Moonglow”, and "Jeepers Creepers". What a line-up! !
Ken Peplowski opens his 4th festival as jazz director with an evening that pulls together all of the original Van Heusen / DeLange songs from the Swingin' The Dream as well as selection from the rest for one hot evening of swing at its best!
Event Personnel
Ken Peplowski, director, clarinet
Shirley Andress, vocals
Clairdee, vocals
Michael Stone, vocals
Ian Whitcomb, vocals
Jesse Cloninger, reeds
Smith Derek, piano
Jason Palmer, drums
Sandke Randy, trumpet
Chuck Redd, vibes, drums
 Flying Home
(1939) - Sid Robin (w) Lionel Hampton, Benny Goodman (m)
(1925) - Joe Young, Sam Lewis (w) Harry Akst (m)
 Spring Song
(1939) Swingin' The Dream - Eddie DeLange (w) Jimmy Van Heusen (m) after Mendelssohn (Op. 62.6)
 Peace, Brother
(1939) Swingin' The Dream - Eddie DeLange (w) Jimmy Van Heusen (m)
 Ain't Misbehavin'
(1929) Connie's Hot Chocolates - Andy Razaf (w) Fats Waller (m)
(1934) - Eddie DeLange (w) Irving Mills, Will Hudson (m)
 There's Gotta Be A Wedding
(1939) Swingin' The Dream - Eddie DeLange (w) Jimmy Van Heusen (m)
 Christopher Columbus
(1936) - Andy Razaf (w) Chu Berry (m)
 Sing Sing Sing
(1936) - Louis Prima (m)
 My Melancholy Baby
(1912) - George Norton (w) Ernie Burnett (m)
 Jumpin' At The Woodside
(1938) - Count Basie (w/m)
 Swingin' A Dream
(1939) Swingin' The Dream - Eddie DeLange (w) Jimmy Van Heusen (m)
 Rachel's Dream
(1939) - Benny Goodman (m)
 Way Down Yonder In New Orleans
(1922) - Henry Creamer (w) Turner Layton (m)
(1939) Swingin' The Dream - Eddie DeLange (w) Jimmy Van Heusen (m)
 Love's A Riddle
(1939) Swingin' The Dream - Eddie DeLange (w) Alec Wilder (m)
 I Can't Give You Anything But Love
(1928) Lew Leslie's Blackbirds of 1928 - Dorothy Fields (w) Jimmy McHugh (m)
 Jeepers Creepers
(1938) Going Places - Johnny Mercer (w) Harry Warren (m)
 Oh You Crazy Moon
(1939) Swingin' The Dream - Johnny Burke (w) Jimmy Van Heusen (m)
 Darn That Dream
(1939) Swingin' The Dream - Eddie DeLange (w) Jimmy Van Heusen (m)
 Jumpin' At The Woodside (reprise)
(1938) - Count Basie (w/m)
Ticket/Venue Info
Swingin' The Dream Ticket Prices
Discount Prices
AA36.00  30.75  29.00  27.00  18.00 
A30.00  25.50  24.00  22.50  15.00 
B24.00  20.50  19.25  18.00  12.00 
O18.00  15.50  14.50  13.50  9.00 
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