The Bandstand is Broadway Bound next season


Producers Tom Smedes, Gabrielle Palitz, Terry Schnuck and Tom Kirdahy have announced that they will bring the Papermill Playhouse's production of The Bandstand to Broadway in the 2016/17 season, with theatre details and dates to be announced.

The musical, which features music by Richard Oberacker and a book and lyrics by Richard Oberacker and Robert Taylor, will star Tony Award nominee Laura Osnes and Corey Cott, reprising their roles from the New Jersey premiere earlier this year.

Set in 1945, The Bandstand tells the story of musician Donny Novitski who is about to take on the mission of his life: leading his band of fellow veterans into competition for America’s next swing band sensation. However, complicated relationships, the demands of the competition and the challenging after-effects of war may break these musicians. The original score is strongly influenced by authentic 1940s swing music, much of which is played onstage by the characters and band members. When Donny meets a beautiful, young singer named Julia, he finds the perfect harmony in words and music that could take this band of brothers all the way to the live radio broadcast finale in New York City. But to succeed, it will require every ounce of talent, stamina and raw nerve that these musicians possess.

Directed and choreographed by Andy Blankenbuehler, the production features scenic design by David Korins, costume design by Paloma Young, lighting design by Jeff Croiter and sound design by Nevin Steinberg.

Andy Blankenbuehler said of the announcement:

"It’s been really thrilling to see The Bandstand come to life for the very first time up on the stage at Paper Mill Playhouse. We’ve learned a lot about the show, and we’re excited to continue working on the piece as we focus towards an opening in New York next year. The show’s heart is huge, and its voice is both unique and exciting. I’m very, very thankful to be part of this team!"

Further information about the Broadway transfer will be announced in due course.

- by Dom O'Hanlon

Laura Osnes and Corey Cott