Bandstand

The Broadway premiere of Bandstand played its final performance at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre on September 17, 2017.

(Photo by Jeremy Daniel)

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Running time: 
2hrs 35mins (including 1 intermission)
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About Bandstand:

Set in the smoke filled, swing fueled night clubs of 1945, Bandstand brings the against-all-odds story of singer/songwriter Donny Novitski and his band of mismatched fellow WWII veterans to the stage. When a national radio contest to find America's next big swing band offers a chance at instant fame and Hollywood fortune, Donny must whip his wise-cracking gang of jazzers into fighting shape. Teaming up with the beautiful young war widow Julia as their singer, they struggle to confront the lingering effects and secrets of the battlefield that threaten to tear them apart. Playing for every voiceless underdog in a world that has left them behind, they risk everything in the final live broadcast to redefine the meaning of victory. With an explosive original score and choreography inspired by the high energy swing rhythms of the era, Bandstand is a truly American story of love, loss, triumph and the everyday men and women whose personal bravery defined a nation.

By:
Music by Richard Oberacker, Book & Lyrics by Richard Oberacker & Robert Taylor
Producer:
Tom Smedes, Gabrielle Palitz, Terry Schnuck, Tom Kirdahy, and Roger Horchow
Director:
Andy Blankenbuehler
Lighting:
Jeff Croiter
Sound:
Nevin Steinberg
Design:
David Korins
Choreography:
Andy Blankenbuehler and Mark Stuart
Costume:
Paloma Young
Cast list:
Laura Osnes (as Julia Trojan), Corey Cott (as Donny Novitski), Beth Leavel (as Mrs. Adams), Joe Carroll (as Johnny Simpson), Brandon J. Ellis (as Davy Zlatic), James Nathan Hopkins (as Jimmy Campbell), Geoff Packard (as Wayne Wright), and Joey Pero (as Nick Radel)
Other info:
Musical Direction by Fred Lassen, Musical Supervision by Greg Anthony Rassen, and Orchestrations by Bill Elliott & Greg Anthony Rassen
Bandstand Performance Dates & Times
Previews from: 
March 31, 2017
Opening date: 
April 26, 2017
Closes: 
September 17, 2017

Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre

Address:
242 West 45th Street (between Broadway and 8th Avenue), New York, NY 10036
Nearest subway station:
42nd Street - Port Authority Bus Terminal Station

Our Bandstand Review

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... Read more