Broadway's Swing Musical 'Bandstand' to Close in September
'Hamilton' choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler helmed the show, which features swing music and pays tribute to World War II veterans.
Bandstand will soon play its last note.
The Broadway musical, directed and choreographed by Hamilton choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler, will close on Sept. 17. It will have played 24 previews and 166 regular performances at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre.
The new 1940s-set musical stars Laura Osnes and Corey Cott as expert bandmembers participating in a competition to find America's next swing sensation. The show, which pays tribute to World War II veterans, features a swing-inspired score by Richard Oberacker, who collaborated on the book and lyrics with Robert Taylor. Upon opening this past spring, it earned a Tony for best choreography and was also nominated for best orchestrations. However, it was the final musical to open in the previous — and very competitive — season and has remained a tougher sell at the Broadway box office, regularly grossing under $600,000 each week.
"It has been rewarding and humbling to have had the opportunity to bring a completely original and unique kind of musical to the stage,” producer Tom Smedes said Wednesday in a statement. "Guided by Andy Blankenbuehler’s vision, my producing partners Gabrielle Palitz, Terry Schnuck and Roger Horchow along with the Bandstand creatives and cast are proud to have a created a show that, in addition to being first-class entertainment, has heart, a message and most importantly pays tribute to our veterans. Having opened during a historically crowded season we are gratified to have had an effect on so many lives. We look forward to being able to continue telling this important story with future productions across the country and elsewhere."