Laura Osnes and Corey Cott Will Lead Bandstand to Broadway
The new musical has announced its opening-night date.
Laura Osnes and Corey Cott will return to Broadway this spring when Bandstand, directed and choreographed by Hamilton Tony winner Andy Blankenbuehler, opens April 26, 2017. The musical, which had its world premiere in 2015 at New Jersey's Paper Mill Playhouse, will play a Shubert-owned venue still to be announced.
Set in the smoke filled, swing fueled night clubs of 1945, Bandstand brings the against-all-odds story of singer/songwriter Donny Novitski (Cott) 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 (Osnes) as their singer, they struggle to confront the lingering effects and secrets of the battlefield that threaten to tear them apart.
Bandstand features scenic design by David Korins, costume design by Paloma Young, lighting design by Jeff Croiter, sound design by Nevin Steinberg. The Broadway transfer is produced by Tom Smedes, Gabrielle Palitz, Terry Schnuck, Tom Kirdahy, and Roger Horchow.
Venue and additional casting information will be announced soon. The Paper Mill company also included Tony winner Beth Leavel (The Drowsy Chaperone), Joe Carroll, Brandon J. Ellis, James Nathan Hopkins, Geoff Packard, Joey Pero, Tanya Birl, Thomas Cannizzaro, Max Clayton, Daniel Cooney, Matt Cusack, Andrea Dotto, Stacia Fernandez, Marc A. Heitzman, Ryan Kasprzak, Andrew Leggieri, Lauren Mufson, Mike Nappi, Jessica Lea Patty, Jeff Pew, Keven Quillon, Corey John Snide, Emily Tate, and Mindy Wallace.