Joey Pero Returns to Bandstand
There will be a new Nick Radel gracing the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre stage starting tonight: Joey Pero, who takes over from Alex Bender in Bandstand.
Pero is making his Broadway debut in the role that he originated in the world-premiere Paper Mill Playhouse production in 2015. Before him, Bender had played the role since its first Broadway preview.
Directed by Tony winner Andy Blankenbuehler (Hamilton), Bandstand features music by Richard Oberacker and a book and lyrics by Robert Taylor and Oberacker. The cast is led by Tony Award nominee Laura Osnes and Corey Cott, alongside Tony Award winner Beth Leavel, Joe Carroll, Brandon J. Ellis, James Nathan Hopkins, and Geoff Packard.
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 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.