John Rando to Direct 'Gettin' the Band Back Together' Musical on Broadway

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The comeback tale begins performances next July.

Broadway is setting the stage for the new musical Gettin’ the Band Back Together.

Directed by Tony winner John Rando (Urinetown), the new production has music and lyrics by Mark Allen and a book by Ken Davenport and The Grundleshotz, with additional material by Sarah Saltzberg. It will begin previews on July 19, 2018, ahead of an Aug. 13, 2018, opening at the Belasco Theatre.

Gettin' the Band Back Together centers on Mitch Papadopolous, who always dreamed of stardom but opted instead for the security of a high-paying banker job. On his 40th birthday, he finds himself fired and moving back in with his mother in his New Jersey hometown, only to learn that his high school arch nemesis is threatening to foreclose on their family home. He then dusts off his guitar, gathers his old gang (the math teacher who isn’t good at math, the Irish cop who dreams about being on Broadway, the dermatologist who can’t get a date, and a 16-year-old Jewish rapper who makes Vanilla Ice look cool), and sets out to win the Battle of the Bands contest to save his home — and maybe even win back the high school sweetheart he left behind, proving it’s never too late to give your dreams one last shot.

The show's design team includes sets by Derek McLane and lighting by Ken Billington. Casting will be announced at a later date.

A developmental staging of Gettin’ the Band Back Together opened at New Jersey’s George Street Playhouse in 2013. Hunter Arnold, Carl Daikeler, Richard Hopper, Roy Putrino, Richard Roth and Davenport are producing the Broadway run, with associate producers Kayla Greenspan, Valerie Novakoff and Brian Cromwell Smith.