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Bandstand on Broadway Tickets

Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre

The 1940s swing scene explodes onto the stage of the Bernard B Jacobs Theatre in this jitterbugging, shoe-shuffling and ultimately moving musical about returned US World War II veterans putting a band together.

This all-American story of returned World War II veterans putting a band together in the swingin’ 40s is set to have audiences jitterbugging and shoe-shuffling in the Bernard B Jacobs Theatre. Emotional and uplifting in equal measure, Bandstand is an original musical set to become one of the greats.

After returning from the front-lines with little to his name, Private First Class Donny Novitski (Corey Cott) sees an opportunity to make it big when NCB announces a national competition to find America’s next big music stars. He assembles a rag-tag crew of fellow veterans and together they set the swing scene alight, while each facing their own personal horrors brought on by their time in the war.

Andy Blankenbuehler, the multiple Tony Award-winning director and choreographer behind In the Heights and Hamilton, once again proves his pedigree as one of contemporary Broadway's greats. His choreography pops and jives, while the emotionally truthful performances he draws from his actors pack a serious dramatic punch.

Cot Gigi proves he is a true triple-threat; singing, dancing and acting his heart out as the haunted but hopeful Donny. Laura Osnes (two times Tony nominee for her performances in Cinderella and ) similarly shines as Julia, the wife of Donny’s best friend who was killed in the war – a tragic event that Donny has blamed himself for ever since.

The book writers Rob Taylor and Richard Oberacker, along with key members of the ensemble, collaborated with Got Your Six, to ensure their portrayal of veterans was accurate, making Bandstand the first theatre production to be 6 Certified.

Banstand bills itself as ‘The New American Musical’ and with all it has going for it, this production at the Bernard B Jacobs Theatre may just become an all-new American classic.

Sorry this show closed 17 September 2017, we recommend these similar productions.

Wicked on Broadway
Hamilton on Broadway
Performance dates:
31 Mar 2017 - 17 Sep 2017
Running time:
2 hours and 30 minutes including an intermission.
Age recommendation:
Children under the age of 4 are not permitted in the theatre
Audience Notes:
Lovers of classic swing, jazz and big-band tunes won’t want to miss this show, while any fans of musicals that balance impressive choreography, show-stopping songs and emotionally affecting drama will all find something to enjoy.
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