Santa Barbara—Arete Productions—the performance wing of the Santa Barbara School of Performing Arts—will present the smash Broadway musical Swing!, a high-voltage celebration of the swing era of jazz, at the New Vic Theatre, March 5-7 and March 13-15.
Tony-nominated for best musical in 1999, Swing! features the beloved music of jazz greats such as Duke Ellington, William “Count” Basie, Benny Goodman, and Glenn Miller. A non-stop, high-energy extravaganza, the show includes toe-tapping hits “It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing),” “Sing, Sing, Sing,” “Blues in the Night,” “In the Mood,” “GI Jive,” and “Boogie- Woogie Bugle Boy (of Company B)” and many more. Swing! also showcases acrobatic dances like the Lindyhop, the Jitterbug, and the Whip.