Bandstand is a musical that treads the razor's edge - is it a romance or is it a veterans' salute? It is both, and makes no apologies. At times it also makes no sense, but the underpinning, which is the cost of war, carries the day. The opening number "Just Like It Was Before" puts us on notice that the world is filled with double meanings. Set in Cleveland in the latter half of 1945, this is the story of one G.I., Pfc. Donny Novitski (Corey Cott) who makes it home with all his ghosts in tact....
The Broadway premiere of Bandstand played its final performance at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre on September 17, 2017.
(Photo by Jeremy Daniel)
BANDSTAND brings the swing-fueled, against-all-odds story of singer/songwriter Donny Novitski and his band of mismatched fellow vets brilliantly to the stage.
When a national contest to find America’s next music sensation offers a chance at fame and Hollywood fortune, Donny must whip his boys into fighting shape. Teaming up with a beautiful young war widow as their singer, and playing for every voiceless underdog in a world that has left them behind, they will risk everything to redefine the meaning of victory and sing truth to power.
Directed and choreographed by Andy Blankenbuehler, starring Laura Osnes, Corey Cott, and Beth Leavel, and featuring an explosive original score, BANDSTAND is a truly American celebration of the men and women whose personal bravery defined a nation.
2hr 30min (incl. intermission)
March 31st, 2017
September 17th, 2017
Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre