Music by Richard Oberacker
Book + Lyrics by Richard Oberacker + Robert Taylor
After the ticker tape parades cease, will musical glory bring hope, purpose and redemption for a group of World War II veterans? The New York Times called this “an open-hearted musical that will have you clapping your hands and clenching your fists, tapping your toes and blinking back tears.”
Donny Novitski returns home from WWII in 1945 to parades and celebrations in his small town of Ohio, but, amongst the festivity, he feels lost. Deciding to return to his love of music and life as a pianist, Donny forms a band with veterans who also feel the lingering effects of war and together they enter a national swing band competition. But when he meets Julia – the widow of his best friend during the war – questions of survival on and off the battlefield arise and she joins the musicians as they seek recognition for their musical talents. Featuring spectacular choreography, an ensemble of actor-musicians, and fantastic instrumentalists, Bandstand is a victorious and jazzy story of America’s heroes who find home, purpose, and belonging within the rhythmic beats of swing, bebop, and jitterbug.
Content warnings: strobe, haze, sounds of loud explosions, gunfire, tinnitus ringing, the cleaning of a firearm onstage, and imagery and discussion of war, battle, PTSD, the Holocaust, and suicide.ee.
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