Set in the smoke filled, swing fueled night clubs of 1945, this new musical brings the against-all-odds story of singer/songwriter Donny Novitski and his band of mismatched fellow WWII veterans to the stage with an explosive original score and choreography inspired by the high-energy swing rhythms of the era.

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When a national radio contest to find America’s next big swing band offers a chance at instant fame and Hollywood fortune, Donny (Corey Cott) must whip his wise-cracking gang of jazzers into fighting shape. Teaming up with the beautiful young war widow Julia (Laura Osnes) 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. Bandstand is a truly American story of love, loss, triumph and the everyday men and women whose personal bravery defined a nation.


  • The show’s completely original score contains music influenced by forms popular in the 1940s, including swing, bebop, and jitterbug.


Bandstand premiered at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, NJ in the fall of 2015 before transferring to Broadway.


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