Musical (2015)

Musique: Richard Oberacker
Paroles: Richard Oberacker • Robert Taylor
Livret: Richard Oberacker • Robert Taylor
Production à la création:

A musical in the classic mode, Bandstand transports you back to the sizzling big band era of the 1940s. Marrying a central love story with a grounded post-WW2 setting, Bandstand is a Broadway spectacular with real emotional bite.

According to the musical's official site, Bandstand "is the high-stepping musical about love in full swing and 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."

A workshop of Bandstand was held in September 2014 in New York City, and featured Laura Osnes, Corey Cott and Beth Leavel.

The show, retitled as The Bandstand, began previews on October 8, 2015, at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, New Jersey, before holding its official opening on October 18, 2015, for a limited run until November 8, 2015.[4] Direction and choreography was by Andy Blankenbuehler, with the cast that starred Corey Cott, Laura Osnes and Beth Leavel as Donny, Julia, and Mrs. Adams, respectively. The musical contains swing, bebop, and jitterbug.

The musical, its title once again Bandstand, premiered on Broadway at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre on April 26, 2017 after starting previews on March 31, with Osnes and Cott and direction and choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler.[6] The Broadway cast features Beth Leavel, Joe Carroll, Brandon James Ellis, James Nathan Hopkins, Geoff Packard, and Joey Pero.

Acte I
"Just Like It Was Before" - The Company
"Donny Novitski" - Donny
"I Know A Guy" - Jimmy, Davy, Nick, Wayne, Donny & The Company
"Ain't We Proud" - Donny
"Who I Was" - Julia
"Just Like It Was Before (reprise)" - Mrs. Adams
"First Steps First" - Julia & Donny
"Breathe" - Donny, Nick, Wayne, Davy, Jimmy & Johnny
"You Deserve It" - Donny, Julia & The Company
"Love Will Come and Find Me Again" - Julia
"Right This Way" - Donny, Nick, Wayne, Davy, Jimmy, Johnny & Julia

Acte 2
Entr'acte - The Orchestra & The Company
"Nobody" - Donny, Wayne, Nick, Davy, Julia, Mrs. Adams, Johnny, Jimmy & The Company
"I Got a Theory" - Julia, Donny, Wayne, Nick, Davy, Johnny, Jimmy & The Company
"Everything Happens" - Mrs. Adams
"Welcome Home" - Donny & Julia
"A Band in New York City" - Johnny, Davy, Jimmy, Nick, Wayne, Julia, Donny & The Company
"This is Life" - Donny & Julia
"Welcome Home" - Julia
Finale - Donny, Julia & The Company

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Bandstand (2017-04-Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre-Broadway)

Type de série: Original Broadway
Théâtre: Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre (Broadway - Etats-Unis)

Durée : 4 mois 3 semaines
Nombre : 24 previews - 166 représentations
Première Preview : 31 March 2017
Première: 26 April 2017
Dernière: 17 September 2017
Mise en scène : Andy Blankenbuehler
Chorégraphie :
Producteur :
Star(s) :
Avec: Laura Osnes (Julia Trojan), Corey Cott (Donny Novitski), Beth Leavel (Mrs. Adams), Joe Carroll (Johnny Simpson), Brandon James Ellis (Davy Zlatic), James Nathan Hopkins (Jimmy Campbell), Geoff Packard (Wayne Wright), Joey Pero (Nick Radel)
Presse : "“Bandstand,” an openhearted, indecisive new musical, wants you clapping your hands and clenching your fists, tapping your toes and blinking back tears. It is both a peppy celebration of can-do spirit and a more somber exploration of what American servicemen experienced when they marched home from World War II." Alexis Soloski for New York Times

"Music soothes the savage beast and — apparently — shell shocked servicemen. That’s the prevailing wisdom of “Bandstand,” the well-meaning mishmash of a musical at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre." Joe Dziemianowicz for New York Daily News

"Director-choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler (Hamilton) doesn’t stint on period vitality; the terrific group dance numbers, including an Act I showstopper called “You Deserve It,” burst with snazzy individuality. But Bandstand’s heart is in its shadows—the entertainers often share the stage with ghosts of lost comrades—and in the persistence of its efforts to shed light on them... The show defies you not to be moved by its valiant band of brothers." Adam Feldman for Time Out New York

"With nary a false note in this revised production, "Bandstand" creates sweet harmony from the dissonance of war." Roma Torre for NY1

"Uneasily attempting to be simultaneously a feel-good, swinging musical and a serious depiction of post-traumatic stress, Bandstand is at war with itself... For all the strenuous effort and good intentions evident in Bandstand, it mainly demonstrates that if you’re going to drop the name Dachau in a musical, it needs to be far better than this one." Frank Scheck for Hollywood Reporter

"There’s a different “band of brothers” on stage in “Bandstand,” the earnest and often-entertaining musical that, set immediately following WWII, never quite achieves its noble ambitions. Despite the fluid staging and evocative choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler (“Hamilton”), an uneven book, undistinguished dialogue and only-serviceable tunes keep the show from meeting its deeper, darker and good-intentioned aspirations." Frank Rizzo for Variety

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