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  • Jack S
    Charleston, SC263 contributions
    So there we were, all geared up for a night of swingin' nostalgia with the Glenn Miller Orchestra, the fine folks who brought us such musical hits like "Little Brown Jug" and "In the Mood." Luckily, I had wrangled some tickets in the nosebleed section of the Charleston Music Hall.

    As we began to ascend the staircase to our Himalayan like section, we eyed the lobby bar with a longing glance that Dry January forbade us from indulging. Once seated, the diverse crowd caught our attention. A mix of AARP veterans and hipster couples, wearing attire that could be described as a cross between Country Club Casual and Walmart Chic – all set to revel in the bygone era of big bands.

    The pre-show entertainment, slides projected on a screen over the stage, announced upcoming acts ranging from obscure CW acts to 50th Anniversary Tours, assorted cover bands and finally, musicals "Direct from London's West End!"

    The pièce de résistance? A slide advertising the "North Face Mountain Film on Tour" at the "CHARELSTON" Music Hall. Yep, you read that right!

    The lights dimmed, and the Glenn Miller Orchestra, not quite the 23-piece ensemble you see in old YouTube videos, strutted on stage. Clad in matching Hertz Rental Car Red blazers, the 14-member strong crew meant business – or at least, a jazzy kind of business.

    The bandleader, sporting a non-matching blue suit, delivered his obligatory "Welcome to the show" spiel, bemoaning the lack of hands raised when he asked who had seen the Glenn Miller Orchestra before. The crowd response was akin to crickets, but the show must go on.

    The band, an experienced crew of musos, hailing from Maine to Alaska to Tokyo, then launched into their greatest hits set. Some members even took a swing at vocals, with the politically incorrect lyrics of "Chattanooga Choo Choo" getting a modern makeover - "Pardon me Boy" became "Pardon me There". Glenn Miller probably spins in his grave at the bottom of the English Channel, every time they sing it.

    The band's chanteuse, a pretty girl with a great voice by the name of Jenny, (as well as being the band's social media director) sang "Dreamland" from her debut album - a terrific tune, that nicely complemented the evening's set.

    Just before the intermission, the audience was encouraged to visit the merch table, with its t-shirts, CDs, and a book about "LIFE ON THE BUS." For a split second, I wondered if this title would be more entertaining than Led Zeppelin's "Hammer of the Gods" classic. Nah!

    Returning after the break, the bandleader admitted to forgetting his instrument's neck strap offstage, disappearing for an entire song. Checking his email for a response from Celebrity Cruise's HR department?
    What struck me, though, was the sight of sheet music on the musicians' stands, considering these tunes were a good 80 years old, and the band could play them in their sleep. Maybe there were stage directions – "Look interested to be here," "Smile to the audience," or "Order Doordash for the bus ride to Savannah."

    No matter what, it was a swell show in a cozy venue with cushy seats, amiable staff, and acoustics that did justice to the classics. All in all, a night of toe-tapping tunes and "We'll Beat the Nazis" style nostalgia.
    Written January 26, 2024
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  • Brian L
    Cape Cod, MA18 contributions
    We have been there a couple of times. The quaintness is great . Loved the small cinema for serious or comedy movies . Elvis I would have preferred a better sound system. 👍👍 the location and eateries it’s surrounded by are top notch. Check it out!!
    Written October 20, 2022
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  • Manco T
    Chicago, IL222 contributions
    Since we can't stand the Terrace (in our neighborhood), we typically go here if they are playing something we want to see. Ticket prices are normal and they have a variety of screens so usually much to choose from. Everything was fine until they tore out the old conventional seating and installed those silly lazy boy type reclining seats, all individually number and booked when you buy your ticket. Unnecessary and uncomfortable. Will probably cause us to look for another cinema, but, as this is Charleston, SC, our choices are very limited. Shucks!
    Written January 27, 2020
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