Gettin' The Band Back Together to play Belasco Theatre
|Photo by T. Charles Erickson|
|Adam Monley, Jay Klaitz, Mitchell Jarvis & Manu Narayan|
in the 2013 George Street Playhouse production
Tony winner John Rando will direct the Broadway premiere of Gettin' The Band Back Together, which will begin previews at the Belasco Theatre on July 18, 2018, before an official opening on August 13.
Gettin' The Band Back Together features a book by Ken Davenport and The Grundleshotz (with additional material by Sarah Saltzberg), with music and lyrics by Mark Allen.
Synopsis: "Mitch Papadopolous always dreamed about being the next Bon Jovi, but he chose security over stardom and left those daydreams behind for a day job. For a while he thought he had everything – the high paying job, the high-rise apartment – until his 40th birthday when he got handed a pink slip and had to move back in with his Mom in Sayreville, New Jersey.
And when his high school arch nemesis (with a 20-year-old grudge and a tangerine spray tan) threatens to foreclose on their house, this big-shot banker must save his small-town home the only way he can… by winning The Battle of the Bands.
So he dusts off his guitar, gathers his old gang (the math teacher who isn't good at math, the Irish cop who dreams about being on Broadway, the dermatologist who can't get a date, and a 16-year-old Jewish rapper who makes Vanilla Ice look cool), and sets out to win the battle… and maybe even win back the high school sweetheart he left behind… proving it's never too late to give your dreams one last shot."
The creative team behind Gettin' The Band Back Together features scenic design by Derek McLane and lighting design by Ken Billington.
Casting for the Broadway premiere will be announced at a later date.
Gettin' The Band Back Together is produced on Broadway by Hunter Arnold, Carl Daikeler, Ken Davenport, Richard Hopper, Roy Putrino and Richard Roth.
The musical comedy was previously staged as a developmental production at New Jersey's George Street Playhouse in 2013, starring Adam Monley, Jay Klaitz, Mitchell Jarvis and Manu Narayan.
- by Tom Millward