Bandstand Summary

  • Bandstand is 2.5 Hours long, including an intermission of 15 Minutes
  • 8 Shows per week
  • Previews Began: March 31, 2017
  • Opens April 26, 2017
  • Show Closed: September 17, 2017

Bandstand is a new musical that comes to Broadway following a successful run at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, New Jersey. Set in 1945, this show tells the story of a group of World War II veterans who come together in an unlikely fashion to compete in a nationwide radio contest with aspirations of stardom, but ultimately become a great American inspiration.

Bandstand on Broadway Background

This musical has a book and lyrics by Richard Oberacker and Robert Taylor and a score by Richard Oberacker. Oberacker is currently the conductor of the Cirque du Soleil show Ka in Las Vegas. He also wrote and directed the musical Journey to the West which played Off Broadway in 2006. After its opening at the Paper Mill Playhouse, Bandstand critics declared that this was the best show in many years to premiere at this regional theatre, which is a common venue for Broadway tryouts. The Broadway production stars Tony Award nominee Laura Osnes (Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Bonnie and Clyde) and Corey Cott (Gigi, Newsies the Musical), both of whom also originated the roles in the Paper Mill Playhouse production. The musical is directed and choreographed by Andy Blankenbuehler, who is also the choreographer of Hamilton, Annie, Bring it On the Musical, and many other shows. An experienced choreographer, this will be his Broadway directorial debut.

What’s Bandstand Like?

When Bandstand premiered in its tryout production, critics far and wide praised it as a fabulous new musical. AM New York called it “terrific” and “absorbing,” enjoying its catchy big-band score, swing choreography, and emotionally compelling characters. NJ.com called it the best new show to premiere at the Paper Mill Playhouse in years. Even the New York Post’s Michael Riedel, the most cynical Broadway journalist, postulated that Bandstand could be Broadway’s next big hit.

The show has chosen to premiere in the season following Hamilton. Bandstand is in the running for 2017 Tony Award Best Musical contender. The plot hinges on a song competition to welcome the soldiers back from World War II, giving the winner the chance to perform the song at Rockefeller Center. Without being overly patriotic, the musical is compelling in the high emotional stakes involved in this excellent new show.

Is Bandstand Good for Kids?

The show is recommended for ages 13 and up due to strong language and adult themes. Children under the age of 4 are not permitted in the theatre.

Theatre Information

Bernard B Jacobs Theatre

242 West 45th Street
New York, NY 10019
Seats: 1,101
Entrance: 45th Street, between 8th and Broadway
Theatre Information

Bernard B Jacobs Theatre Seating Chart

Bandstand Marquee

Bandstand Marquee

Cast Members

Donny Novitski
Corey Cott
Julia
Laura Osnes
Mrs. Adams
Beth Leavel
Wayne Wright
Geoff Packard
Johnny Simpson
Joe Carroll
Davy Zlatic
Brandon James Ellis
Nick Radel
Joey Pero
Jimmy Campbell
James Nathan Hopkins

Producers

Tom Smedes

Gabrielle Palitz

Terry Schnuck

Tom Kirdahy

Production Credits

Set Design
David Korins
Costume Design
Paloma Young
Light Design
Jeff Croiter
Sound Design
Nevin Steinberg
Music
Richard Oberacker
Musical Supervisor
Greg Anthony + Mary-Mitchell Campbell
Direction + Choreography
Andy Blankenbuehler
Lyrics
Richard Oberacker
Book
Robert Taylor
Production Stage Manager
Mark Dobrow

Creative Team

General Manager
Charlotte Wilcox Company
Technical Supervisor
Juniper Street Productions
Company Manager
Katie Pope at Charlotte Wilcox
Casting Director
Tara Rubin Casting
Advertising Representative
AKA NYC
Press Agent
Boneau Bryan-Brown