With the resurgence of the swing scene in the 90s, it was only a matter of time before someone created a musical based on that. Paul Kelly came up with the idea of Swing! and watched it come to life in 1999.
Swing! takes classic music from the swing era from famous artists such as Duke Ellington and Benny Goodman, and forms a story around the music. Unlike other musicals, Swing! features no dialogue. The story is told through high energy dance and the music alone. While many people feared the show would fail, it ended up winning nominations for Tony Awards and other accolades from the musical community. It was nominated for Best Musical, Best Choreography, Best Orchestration, as well as many others.
Swing! was premiered in December 1999 and ran through January 2001 on Broadway. Even after the show officially closes, many touring productions were able to capitalize on the success by taking the show on the road. It can still be found on the touring circuit if you visit the website devoted to the show. During the touring phase it could be found throughout the US as well as the UK.
Soundtrack and DVDs
If you aren’t able to catch this show live, you can find the soundtrack to the show online or in many music retailers. The soundtrack features 40 tracks from some of the most influential swing artists of the original era. You can also find DVDs from the original Broadway production. This way you can bring the fun and excitement of the show to your living room.