Set in the smoke filled, swing fueled night clubs of 1945, BANDSTAND brings the against-all-odds story of singer/songwriter Donny Novitski and his band of mismatched fellow WWII veterans to the stage. 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 wise-cracking gang of jazzers into fighting shape. Teaming up with the beautiful young war widow Julia as their singer, they struggle to confront the lingering effects and secrets of the battlefield that threaten to tear them apart. Playing for every voiceless underdog in a world that has left them behind, they risk everything in the final live broadcast to redefine the meaning of victory. With an explosive original score and choreography inspired by the high energy swing rhythms of the era, BANDSTAND is a truly American story of love, loss, triumph and the everyday men and women whose personal bravery defined a nation.
Directed and choreographed by Tony Award® winner Andy Blankenbuehler (Hamilton, In the Heights), BANDSTAND features music by Richard Oberacker and a book and lyrics by Robert Taylor and Oberacker.
“BANDSTAND is a bold, uncompromising musical that jumps and swings with heart and energy.”
—The Star Ledger
“Blankenbuehler follows up his acclaimed work on Hamilton with marvelous direction and choreography.”
—The Huffington Post
“BANDSTAND is a terrific new musical with an absorbing plot, likable characters, high emotional stakes, a tuneful, big-band style score and seamless swing dance choreography from director-choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler (Hamilton).”
—am New York
“BANDSTAND is not just a story told with music – it’s a story born from music.”
“Energetic, sharp and well-crafted”