Breaking: Right This Way! Fathom Events Will Bring BANDSTAND to the Big Screen!
Bandstand, Robert Taylor and Richard Oberacker's Broadway musical directed and choreographed by three-time Tony Award winner Andy Blankenbuehler (Hamilton), will bring high-octane, heart-stopping, spectacular dancing to movie theaters nationwide this summer in "BANDSTAND: The Broadway Musical on Screen." In addition to the feature content, audiences will enjoy behind-the-scenes and never-before-seen footage of the production.
Tickets for "BANDSTAND: The Broadway Musical on Screen" are available at www.FathomEvents.com or participating theater box offices.
Presented by Fathom Events and Sing Out, Louise! Productions, this special two-night event will premiere in more than 700 U.S. cinemas on Monday, June 25 and Thursday, June 28 at 7:00 p.m. local time (both dates), through Fathom's Digital Broadcast Network (DBN). For a complete list of theater locations, visit the Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change).
"This stunning film captures the spirit of the Broadway production, but at the same time allows the audience to get closer than they ever would be able to in the theater," Blankenbuehler said. "It is a powerful reminder about the importance of honoring all the sacrifices that have gotten us to where we are. Service men and women, teachers, mentors, parents...they have built a foundation underneath all of us. And this beautiful story shows us that art and love can heal the soul no matter how deep the injuries go."
America's soldiers come home from war in 1945 to ticker-tape parades and overjoyed families, while Private First Class Donny Novitski (Corey Cott), 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, and young war widow Julia Trojan (Tony Award nominee Laura Osnes), an aspiring jazz singer. 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 is presented in special partnership with the military non-profit TAPS, which cares for the families of America's fallen heroes. The Broadway musical was also the first live entertainment production ever to be "6 Certified" by Got Your 6, for its accurate portrayal of the veteran experience.
"It's very exciting to bring an original musical of this stature to the big screen," Fathom Events Chief Content and Programming Officer Gordon Synn said. "This show has not only world-class singing and dancing but also a lot of heart and a great message that we hope will touch cinema audiences across the U.S."
"It is a great honor and thrill to bring this completely original musical, filled with heart and hope, to the big screen," producer Tom Smedes said. "While on Broadway we saw firsthand how much this story resonated with audiences and, most especially, veterans. It's a tribute to them and all American heroes and we are overjoyed that the film of the Broadway musical will now be able to reach the entire country."
About Fathom Events
Fathom Events is the leading event cinema distributor with participating theaters in all 100 of the top Designated Market Areas®, and ranks as one of the largest overall distributors of content to movie theaters. Owned by AMC Entertainment Inc. (NYSE: AMC), Cinemark Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CNK) and Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC) (known collectively as AC JV, LLC), Fathom Events offers a variety of one-of-a-kind entertainment events in theaters such as live performances of the Metropolitan Opera, top stage productions including Newsies! The Broadway Musical and George Takei's Allegiance, major sporting events such as Mayweather vs. McGregor, epic concerts with artists like Lady Antebellum and Sammy Hagar, the yearlong TCM Big Screen Classics series, inspirational events such as Is Genesis History? and IN OUR HANDS: The Battle for Jerusalem, and popular anime franchises like Pokémon and Dragon Ball Z. Fathom Events takes audiences behind the scenes for unique extras including audience Q&As, backstage footage and interviews with cast and crew, creating the ultimate VIP experience. Fathom Events' live digital broadcast network ("DBN") is the largest cinema broadcast network in North America, bringing live and pre-recorded events to 917 locations and 1,440 screens in 181 DMAs. For more information, visit www.fathomevents.com.
Following a critically-acclaimed world premiere engagement at Paper Mill Playhouse in 2015, Bandstand began its Broadway run on March 31, 2017, and played through September 17, 2017 at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre. Directed and choreographed by three-time Tony Award winner Andy Blankenbuehler (Hamilton, In The Heights), the book & lyrics are by Robert Taylor and Richard Oberacker, with music by Oberacker. Bandstand won the 2017 Tony Award for Best Choreography, and a nomination for Best Orchestrations (Bill Elliott and Greg Anthony Rassen). The musical's cast of twenty-seven was led by two-time Tony Award nominee Laura Osnes (Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella) and Corey Cott (Newsies, Gigi), and featured Tony Award winner Beth Leavel (The Drowsy Chaperone), Joe Carroll, Brandon James Ellis, James Nathan Hopkins, Geoff Packard and Joey Pero. The Bandstand design team includes Tony Award winners David Korins (Scenic Design), Paloma Young (Costume Design), Jeff Croiter (Lighting Design), and Nevin Steinberg (Sound Design). The Bandstand film is presented in part by original Broadway producers Tom Smedes, Gabrielle Palitz, Terry Schnuck, and Roger Horchow. The production recently announced partnerships with Work Light Productions, The Road Company, and Samuel French for the future touring and performance rights of the musical.
Photo Credit: Jeremy Daniel