From Andy Blankenbuehler, winner of the 2017 Tony Award® for Best Choreography and the 2016 Tony Award® for Hamilton, comes BANDSTAND — the new musical that explodes with the most high-octane, heart-stopping and best dancing on stage today.
1945. As America’s soldiers come home to ticker-tape parades and overjoyed families, Private First Class Donny Novitski, singer and songwriter, returns to rebuild his life with only the shirt on his back and a dream in his heart.
When NBC announces a national competition to find the nation’s next great musical superstars, inspiration strikes! Donny joins forces with a motley group of fellow veterans, each an astonishing musician. Together, they form a band unlike any the nation has ever seen. Along the way, they discover the power of music to face the impossible, find their voice and finally feel like they have a place to call home.
BANDSTAND features music by Richard Oberacker and a book and lyrics by Robert Taylor and Oberacker.
“The best new musical of the season!”
—The Huffington Post
—Jesse Green, The New York Times
“An eye-popping, roof-raising, and astonishing feat. BANDSTAND is staged with breathtaking originality by director-choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler. This show situates him firmly in the thin-air pantheon of director-choreographers that includes Michael Bennett, Tommy Tune, Susan Stroman, Bob Fosse, Gower Champion, Jerome Robbins, and Michael Kidd.”
“I am proud to say that the organization GOT YOUR 6, which works to empower veterans, has partnered with the musical BANDSTAND to highlight the experiences and talents of America’s veterans. Too many of America’s veterans are struggling to find a new mission in life. Their stories need to be told.”
—Dr. Jill Biden, 2017 Tony Awards