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Gettin' the Band Back Together Invites Sayreville Residents to Final Dress Rehearsal

The new musical comedy takes place in the New Jersey borough that received the invitation.

Sawyer Nunes, Paul Whitty, Mitchell Jarvis, Manu Narayan, and Jay Klaitz are Gettin' the Band Back Together this summer.
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The producers of Broadway's Gettin' the Band Back Together are inviting Sayreville, New Jersey, residents to attend the show's final dress rehearsal on July 18. The new musical comedy is set in Sayreville and begins preview performances on July 19. Sayreville residents can sign up here.

The production, which is directed by Tony Award winner John Rando and choreographed by Chris Bailey, will open on August 13 at the Belasco Theatre. The musical follows Mitch Papadopolous, who always dreamed about being the next Bon Jovi. However, he chose security over stardom and left those daydreams behind for a day job. For a while he thought he had everything — the high-paying job, the high-rise apartment — until his 40th birthday, when he got handed a pink slip and had to move back in with his mom in Sayreville. When his high school arch-nemesis threatens to foreclose on their house, this big-shot banker must save his small-town home the only way he can…by winning the Battle of the Bands.

Gettin' The Band Back Together has music and lyrics by Mark Allen and a book by Ken Davenport and the Grundleshotz, with additional material by Sarah Saltzberg. The creative team includes Tony winners Derek McLane (scenic design), Emily Rebholz (costume design), Ken Billington (lighting design), John Shivers (sound design), music direction by Sonny Paladino, and casting by Eisenberg/Beans Casting.

The cast of Gettin' The Band Back Together features Mitchell Jarvis (Mitch Papadopoulos), Jay Klaitz (Bart Vickers), Manu Narayan (Dr. Rummesh "Robbie" Patel), Paul Whitty (Michael "Sully" Sullivan), Sawyer Nunes (Ricky "Bling" Goldstein), Marilu Henner (Mitch's mom, Sharon Papadopoulos), Kelli Barrett (Dani), Becca Kötte (Tawney), Garth Kravits (Ritchie), Tamika Lawrence (Roxanne Velasco), Noa Solorio (Billie), and Brandon Williams (Tygen Billows). The ensemble will include Ryan Duncan, Nehal Joshi, J. Elaine Marcos, Rob Marnell, Jasmin Richardson, and Tad Wilson.

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