We’re always looking for the latest, greatest entertainment, and luckily NYC is always producing fantastic theater, musical performances and more. We recently got a behind the scenes teaser of The Bandstand, one of off Broadway’s most anticipated original musical debuts. The story, taking place in 1940’s post war America, is about a war veteran and the group he puts together to compete in a national radio contest with the intent to claim his fame. With the unity of this all-star team of composer, writers, choreography and director the anticipation of what this show is going to deliver is half of the thrill.
Tony award winning Director and Choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler, also known for the revival of Annie and new musical Hamilton– injects the surge of energy that only multiplies and rises through the musicals highly talented cast. Music by Richard Oberacker Co-Written by Richard Oberacker and Robert Taylor (involved in Cirque Du Soleil’s Ka and The Lion King respectively) who thrive on writing ‘Bullet-Train’ plots, which are fast paced and high energy. This is not just for your classic loyal theater go-er. Immediately the audience feels the intensity of the story through its cast who bring the story to life.
Lead character Donny Novitski, played by Actor Corey Cott, tells his story and divulges his dreams to us through song. He is back home from the war in a time when the universal feeling amongst the American nation was ‘anything can happen’. Through his movement and the pitch in his voice you know he’s one of the few that are here to make a difference. He uses the ability to leave the audience hungry for more insight about what’s to come which seems like a universal gift among this crew. The songstress Julia Troy (actress Laura Osnes) does vintage sirens justice by almost shocking the audience with her powerful yet sweet voice. In addition to the story and the music performed by the cast on stage, there is the element of high energy with plenty of swing dancing to big band songs. This is definitely a show not to be missed.
The Bandstand, Big Band Musical will be running from October 8th- November 8, 2015 at the Paper Mill Playhouse, 22 Brookside Dr. Millburn NJ 07041 (973) 376-4343. www.papermill.org Disclaimer: Contains strong language and adult themes. Recommended for ages 13 and up.
Paper Mill Playhouse is a not for profit organization that has been entertaining audiences with live theater performances since 1938. Paper Mill is launching it’s exciting 2015-2016 Season with The Bandstand, featuring big-band swing music and an emotionally charged, beautifully crafted story. Paper Mill Playhouse is conveniently located in Millburn, NJ. Paper Mill can be considered “Broadway in Your Backyard” because there is no need to travel to New York to see Broadway quality productions. Bloggers coming from New York should highlight the ease of coming to Millburn.
Other upcoming shows for the 2015-2016 season include A Christmas Story, A Bronx Tale, Pump Boys and Dinettes, and Westside Story. For more information and to purchase tickets, go to www.papermill.org.
Thanks to our generous friends at Paper Mill Playhouse, we’ll be giving away 2 free tickets to one lucky StyleFox reader to see The Bandstand! Comment below with your email address or send us an email at [email protected] with your contact info to enter the contest. Contest ends October 9th 12am PST and is open to U.S. residents over 18. Good luck!