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Breaking News: THE BANDSTAND is Broadway-Bound! Laura Osnes & Corey Cott Will Lead in 2016-17 Season

BroadwayWorld has just learned that following a critically acclaimed, hit world premiere engagement at Paper Mill Playhouse this fall, the new musical will open on Broadway in the 2016 - 2017 season starring Tony Award® nominee Laura Osnes (Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella) and Corey Cott (Newsies).

Directed and choreographed by Tony Award® winner Andy Blankenbuehler (Hamilton, In the Heights), The Bandstandfeatures music by Richard Oberacker and a book and lyrics by Richard Oberacker and Robert Taylor.

Dates, theater and additional casting will be announced at a later date.

Andy Blankenbuehler said "It's been really thrilling to see The Bandstand come to life for the very first time up on the stage at Paper Mill Playhouse. We've learned a lot about the show, and we're excited to continue working on the piece as we focus towards an opening in New York next year. The show's heart is huge, and its voice is both unique and exciting. I'm very, very thankful to be part of this team!"

Read all the reviews from Paper Mill!

Set in 1945, The Bandstand 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.

The Bandstand features scenic design by David Korins, costume design by Paloma Young, lighting design by Jeff Croiter, sound design by Nevin Steinberg and casting by Tara Rubin Casting.

The Bandstand will be produced on Broadway by Tom Smedes, Gabrielle Palitz, Terry Schnuck and Tom Kirdahy.

www.BandstandBroadway.com

Photo Credit: Jerry Dalia

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