Bandstand opens on Broadway tomorrow, April 26, at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre. Directed and choreographed by Tony winner Andy Blankenbuehler (Hamilton), this new musical stars Laura Osnes and Corey Cott. It was written by Richard Oberacker (music, book, and lyrics) and Robert Taylor (book and lyrics).
Two-time Tony nominee Osnes (Cinderella) and Cott (Gigi) reprise the roles they originated at Paper Mill Playhouse in 2015, alongside Tony winner Beth Leavel (The Drowsy Chaperone), Joe Carroll (Cinderella), Brandon James Ellis (Once), James Nathan Hopkins (What's It All About?), Geoff Packard (Matilda the Musical), and Alex Bender (Paramour).
Set in the smoke-filled, swing-fueled nightclubs of 1945, the musical tells the against-all-odds story of singer and songwriter Donny Novitski (Cott) and his band of mismatched fellow World War Two veterans. 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 wisecracking gang of jazzers into fighting shape. Teaming up with the beautiful young war widow Julia (Osnes) as their singer, they struggle to confront the lingering effects and secrets of the battlefield that threaten to tear them apart.
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