Swing Musical 'The Bandstand' Headed to Broadway
Laura Osnes and Corey Cott will star in the show, directed and choreographed by Andy Blankenbuehler, whose moves are currently on display in 'Hamilton.'
Following its world-premiere run, which wraps this week at the Paper Mill Playhouse in New Jersey, the new 1940s-set musical The Bandstand is headed to Broadway in the 2016-17 season, with leads Laura Osnes and Corey Cott on board.
The show features an original '40s swing-inspired score by Richard Oberacker, who collaborated on the book and lyrics with Robert Taylor. Direction and choreography are by Andy Blankenbuehler, currently represented on Broadway as choreographer on the season's bona fide new blockbuster, Hamilton.
"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," said Blankenbuehler, a Tony winner in 2008 for Lin-Manuel Miranda's In the Heights.
Set in 1945, The Bandstand follows Danny Novitski, a musician leading a band of fellow veterans in a competition to find America's next swing sensation. But the lingering trauma of war threatens the unity of the group, until Danny meets a beautiful young singer who helps rally them all the way to the New York City radio broadcast finale.
Osnes has been seen on Broadway in Grease, Bonnie and Clyde, Anything Goes, South Pacific and Cinderella, which earned her a 2013 Tony nomination. Cott first came to attention in Disney's Newsies (which also got its pre-Broadway start at Paper Mill) and more recently starred opposite Vanessa Hudgens in Gigi.
Lead producers of The Bandstand on Broadway are Tom Smedes, Gabrielle Palitz, Terry Schnuck and Tom Kirdahy. Exact dates, venue and additional cast are to be announced.