The Broadway musical Bandstand marks its 100th performance at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre today, July 26. To celebrate, the cast gathered after the matinee performance to have a festive cake party, with a tasty treat featuring artwork created by Elise Walters.
In additional celebratory news, the musical's original cast recording is available to stream online for free through August 2. Click here to listen to the album.
Directed by Andy Blankenbuehler, who took home this year's Best Choreography Tony Award, Bandstand features music by Richard Oberacker and a book and lyrics by Robert Taylor and Oberacker. The cast is led by Tony Award nominee Laura Osnes and Corey Cott, alongside Tony Award winner Beth Leavel, Joe Carroll, Brandon J. Ellis, James Nathan Hopkins, and Geoff Packard.
Set in the smoke-filled, swing-fueled nightclubs of 1945, the musical tells the against-all-odds story of singer and songwriter Donny Novitski (Cott) and his band of mismatched fellow World War II veterans. When a national radio contest to find America's next big swing band offers a chance at instant fame and Hollywood fortune, Donny must whip his wisecracking gang of jazzers into fighting shape. Teaming up with the beautiful young war widow Julia (Osnes) as their singer, they struggle to confront the lingering effects and secrets of the battlefield that threaten to tear them apart.
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