People of a certain age will remember the sisters -- Patty, Maxene and LaVerne -- for their immense popularity and success, as well as their close harmonies. The group sold more than 75 million records and charted 113 Billboard hits.
Their lives, legacy and performances of swing and boogie-woogie music are chronicled in a musical, "Sisters of Swing," which the
"I love the music," he said. "It's a lot of fun."
Shoquist is only 38, but he has a great appreciation for swing music.
"It's something you don't hear much anymore," he said, noting that it had a resurgence in the mid-'90s.
Their popularity peaked between the '30s and the '50s. Aside from "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy," they are known for other songs: "Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree," "Rum and Coca-Cola" and many more. The Civic show will feature 25 Andrews Sisters songs.
The sisters danced, too, although Shoquist said, "The movements were closer to the vest. It wasn't dance so much as it was synchronized movement."
The sisters also were heavily involved in the war effort during
"They were probably second to
By the 1950s, the Andrews Sisters' glory days had wound down. In 1954, Patty left the group to try for a solo career, which didn't have much success. In 1956, they reunited, but by that time the public's interest had turned to rock 'n' roll, and older groups like the Andrews Sisters were left behind.
But the popularity of their music endures.
"I knew it would be a show that would appeal to our core subscribers," Shoquist said. "Our subscriber base skews a little older, and so it fits right into the type of programming they enjoy the most."
But the show should appeal to other demographic groups who may not be familiar with the Andrews Sisters, he added.
The three sisters -- Patty (played by
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