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
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.
Running time: 2 hours, 30 minutes (1 intermission)
Age recommendation: Children under the age of 4 are not permitted in the theatre
Special notice: 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.
Sorry this show closed 17 September 2017.