Bandstand, Starring Laura Osnes and Corey Cott, Celebrates a Swingin' Opening Night
Bandstand, directed and choreographed by Hamilton Tony winner Andy Blankenbuehler, celebrated its Broadway opening at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre on April 26.
Two-time Tony nominee Laura Osnes and Corey Cott star in the original musical from Richard Oberacker (music, book, and lyrics) and Robert Taylor (book and lyrics). Set in the smoke-filled, swing-fueled nightclubs of 1945, Bandstand tells the against-all-odds story of singer and songwriter Donny Novitski (Cott) and his band of mismatched fellow World War II 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.
The company also includes 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).
Bandstand comes to Broadway following a world-premiere production at Paper Mill Playhouse in 2015, which also starred Osnes and Cott.