Theater News

Jill Biden to Offer Video Introduction at Bandstand Cinema Event

The Broadway musical will be screened in theaters on June 25 and 28.

A scene from the Broadway musical Bandstand, going to cinemas nationwide this summer.
A scene from the Broadway musical Bandstand, going to cinemas nationwide this summer.
(© Jeremy Daniel)

Fathom Events & Sing Out Louise! Productions have announced that former second lady of the United States (2009-2017) Jill Biden, who introduced the Broadway musical Bandstand's musical performance at the 2017 Tony Awards, will give a special video introduction for Bandstand: The Broadway Musical on Screen, as part of the production's nationwide cinema event this summer on June 25 and 28.

Biden, a military daughter and mother, used her White House platform to draw significant attention to the unique strengths and sacrifices of military families. She launched Joining Forces with First Lady Michelle Obama, a nationwide initiative that asked all Americans to use their skills and resources in support of our troops, veterans, and their families. As honorary cochair of the Biden Foundation, she continues to work to support military families, and encourages Americans to stand beside and give back to those who serve.

In Bandstand, America's service members come home from war in 1945 to ticker-tape parades and overjoyed families, while Private First Class Donny Novitski (Corey Cott), singer and songwriter, returns to rebuild his life with only the shirt on his back and a dream in his heart. When NBC announces a national competition to find the nation's next great musical superstars, inspiration strikes. Donny joins forces with a motley group of fellow veterans, each an astonishing musician, and young war widow Julia Trojan (Tony Award nominee Laura Osnes), an aspiring jazz singer. Together, they form a band unlike any the nation has ever seen. Along the way, they discover the power of music to face the impossible, find their voice, and finally feel like they have a place to call home.

Bandstand opened at Broadway's Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre on April 26, 2017, earning the Tony Award for Best Choreography (Andy Blankenbuehler). The show features music by Richard Oberacker, book and lyrics by Robert Taylor and Richard Oberacker, and direction and choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler.

For tickets to Bandstand: The Broadway Musical on Screen, click here.