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Bandstand - Full Length Musical, Drama

Bandstand

Richard Oberacker, Robert Taylor

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Full Length Musical, Drama

6m, 2f

ISBN: 9780573706752

The boys are back, but their war isn't over. 

Bandstandis an unflinching and honest new musical about confronting the cost of war and finding salvation in the notes of a song. 

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Description

Full Length Musical

Drama

Period

More than 120 minutes (2 hours)

Time Period - 1940s / WWII

Settings Of Play - Cleveland, OH and New York City

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Unit Set/Multiple Settings

Period Costumes

CAUTIONS

Alcohol

TARGET AUDIENCE

Appropriate for all audiences

PERFORMANCE GROUP

Professional Theatre

RECOGNITION / AWARDS

Tony, From Broadway


WINNER! Best Choreography - 2017 Tony® Awards
WINNER! Outstanding Orchestrations - 2017 Drama Desk Awards
WINNER! Outstanding Choreography - 2017 Drama Desk Awards

NOMINEE! Best Orchestrations - 2017 Tony® Awards
NOMINEE! Outstanding Music, Outstanding Book of a Musical - 2017 Drama Desk Awards

It's 1945. American soldiers return home to ticker-tape parades and overjoyed families, Private First Class Donny Novitski, singer and songwriter, returns with the hope of rebuilding his life with just a shirt on his back and a dream in his heart.

When NBC announces a national competition to find the nation's next swing band sensation, Donny joins forces with a motley group of fellow veterans, and together they form a band unlike any the nation has ever seen. However, complicated relationships, the demands of the competition and the challenging after-effects of war may break these musicians. But, when Donny meets a beautiful, young singer named Julia, he finds the perfect harmony in words and music that could take this band of brothers all the way to the live radio broadcast finale in New York City. Victory will require every ounce of talent, stamina and raw nerve that these musicians possess. 

REVIEWS

"BANDSTAND is an open-hearted musical that will have you  clapping your hands and clenching your fists, tapping your toes and blinking back tears." - New York Times

"A dazzling stand-up-and-cheer new musical!" - The Star Ledger

"A resonant, original musical that dances the delicate balance between nostalgia and disillusion. The show defies you not to be moved by its valiant band of brothers" - Time Out


Check out these photos from the Broadway production of Bandstand in April 2017.

Photographer: Jeremy Daniel.


Bandstand premiered at the Papermill Playhouse in Millburn, NJ in October 2015 before transferring to Broadway in April 2017 under the direction of Andy Blankenbuehler.

Characters

CASTING

6m, 2f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle), Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

CHORUS SIZE

Medium

Donny Novitski
Julia Trojan
Mrs. June Adams
Jimmy Campbell
Davy Zlatic
Nick Radel
Wayne Wright
Johnny Simpson
Jean Ann Ryan
Al
Mr. Jackson
Andre Baruch
Jo
Oliver
Roger Cohen
Entertainment Director
James Haupt
Production Assistant
Tom
Betsy
Rental Materials

SIZE OF ORCHESTRA

Small/Combo

MUSICAL STYLE

Jazz, Contemporary Broadway

Song Samples

Just Like it was Before

Donny Novitski

I Know a Guy

Ain't We Proud

Proud Riff

Who I Was

Counterpoint / Pie Jesu

Just Like it was Before (Reprise)

First Steps First

Breathe

You Deserve It

Dwight Anson

Love Will Come and Find Me Again

Right This Way

Nobody

The Boys are Back

I Got a Theory

Everything Happens

Welcome Home

A Band in New York City

This is Life

This is Life (Reprise)

Welcome Home (Finale)

Epilogue

Videos
  • Bandstand on Broadway

  • Bandstand Show Clips

  • Bandstand Cast on Good Morning America

  • Love Will Come and Find Me Again Writers Commentary

  • Right This Way - Writers Commentary

  • Just Like It Was Before - Writers Commentary

Author(s)
Richard Oberacker

Richard Oberacker

Richard Oberacker is currently conducting Cirque du Soleil’s Kà in Las Vegas. Mr. Oberacker’s conducting credits include Cirque’s Dralion and national tours of Disney’s The Lion King, Show Boat, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Music of the Night and Cats. As a composer, co-lyricist, and co-librettist, his original musicals include A Little Theater (Aurelia Theater), In That Valley (NAMT), Dracula (Corbett ... view full profile

Robert Taylor

Robert Taylor

Robert’s musicals include Ace (NAMT, Cincinnati Playhouse, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Old Globe Theatre, Signature Theatre), Journey to the West (NYMF), The Parenting Project (Cincinnati Fringe Festival, Ensemble Theatre) and The Sandman (NAMT, Fredericia Theater of Denmark). He has taught foreign languages and ornithology in New York, English and music in China, served as music critic for ... view full profile

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Mackenzie Bryan 12/2/2017 8:54 PM
Bandstand is the most honest, heart-wrenching, beautiful show I have ever seen.

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