Bandstand

Full Length Musical, Drama  /  6m, 2f

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

Bandstand is 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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Bandstand
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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    6m, 2f
  • Duration

    Duration

    More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Period
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Tony, From Broadway
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

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

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

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 the 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. 

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Accolades


Reviews

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


Videos

  • Bandstand Show Clips
  • Love Will Come and Find Me Again Writers Commentary
  • Right This Way - Writers Commentary
  • Just Like It Was Before - Writers Commentary
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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • Professional Theatre

Cautions

  • Caution Alcohol Alcohol

License details

  • Licensing fees and rental materials quoted upon application.

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1940s / WWII
  • Duration: More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: Cleveland, OH and New York City
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Music

  • Musical Style: Jazz, Contemporary Broadway
  • Orchestra Size: Small/Combo
  • Chorus Size: Medium

Song Samples

Just Like it was Before
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Donny Novitski
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I Know a Guy
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Ain't We Proud
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Proud Riff
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Who I Was
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Counterpoint / Pie Jesu
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Just Like it was Before (Reprise)
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First Steps First
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Breathe
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You Deserve It
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Dwight Anson
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Love Will Come and Find Me Again
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Right This Way
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Nobody
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The Boys are Back
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I Got a Theory
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Everything Happens
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Welcome Home
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A Band in New York City
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This is Life
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This is Life (Reprise)
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Welcome Home (Finale)
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Epilogue
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Casting

6m, 2f
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
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Cast Attributes

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

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Authors

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 inclu ...

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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 or ...

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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.

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