Broadway Musical Bandstand, With Laura Osnes and Corey Cott, Announces Full Casting
The musical's world-premiere cast reunites for its Broadway debut.
As previously announced, two-time Tony nominee Laura Osnes and Corey Cott will lead the cast, reprising the roles they originated at Paper Mill Playhouse during the musical's world premiere in 2015. Joining them in the cast will be Tony Award 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 Joey Pero (Jersey Boys), all of whom also performed in the Paper Mill production. Additional casting and creative team will be announced.
Directed and choreographed by Hamilton Tony winner Andy Blankenbuehler, Bandstand features music by Richard Oberacker and a book and lyrics by Robert Taylor, and Richard Oberacker.
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 WWII 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.
Bandstand will begin previews March 31, 2017 in advance of an April 26 opening at The Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre.