A musical in the classic mode, Bandstand transports you back to the sizzling big band era of the 1940s. Marrying a central love story with a grounded post-WW2 setting, Bandstand is a Broadway spectacular with real emotional bite.
According to the musical's official site, Bandstand "is the high-stepping musical about love in full swing and tells the story of musician Donny Novitski who is about to take on the mission of his life: leading his band of fellow veterans into competition for America’s next swing band sensation. However, complicated relationships, the demands of the competition and the challenging after-effects of war may break these musicians. The original score is strongly influenced by authentic 1940s swing music, much of which is played onstage by the characters and band members. When Donny meets a beautiful, young singer named Julia, he finds the perfect harmony in words and music that could take this band of brothers all the way to the live radio broadcast finale in New York City. But to succeed, it will require every ounce of talent, stamina and raw nerve that these musicians possess."
Génèse du musical
A workshop of Bandstand was held in September 2014 in New York City, and featured Laura Osnes, Corey Cott and Beth Leavel.
The show, retitled as The Bandstand, began previews on October 8, 2015, at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, New Jersey, before holding its official opening on October 18, 2015, for a limited run until November 8, 2015. Direction and choreography was by Andy Blankenbuehler, with the cast that starred Corey Cott, Laura Osnes and Beth Leavel as Donny, Julia, and Mrs. Adams, respectively. The musical contains swing, bebop, and jitterbug.
The musical, its title once again Bandstand, premiered on Broadway at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre on April 26, 2017 after starting previews on March 31, with Osnes and Cott and direction and choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler. The Broadway cast features Beth Leavel, Joe Carroll, Brandon James Ellis, James Nathan Hopkins, Geoff Packard, and Joey Pero.
Liste des chansons
"Just Like It Was Before" - The Company
"Donny Novitski" - Donny
"I Know A Guy" - Jimmy, Davy, Nick, Wayne, Donny & The Company
"Ain't We Proud" - Donny
"Who I Was" - Julia
"Just Like It Was Before (reprise)" - Mrs. Adams
"First Steps First" - Julia & Donny
"Breathe" - Donny, Nick, Wayne, Davy, Jimmy & Johnny
"You Deserve It" - Donny, Julia & The Company
"Love Will Come and Find Me Again" - Julia
"Right This Way" - Donny, Nick, Wayne, Davy, Jimmy, Johnny & Julia
Entr'acte - The Orchestra & The Company
"Nobody" - Donny, Wayne, Nick, Davy, Julia, Mrs. Adams, Johnny, Jimmy & The Company
"I Got a Theory" - Julia, Donny, Wayne, Nick, Davy, Johnny, Jimmy & The Company
"Everything Happens" - Mrs. Adams
"Welcome Home" - Donny & Julia
"A Band in New York City" - Johnny, Davy, Jimmy, Nick, Wayne, Julia, Donny & The Company
"This is Life" - Donny & Julia
"Welcome Home" - Julia
Finale - Donny, Julia & The Company
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