If you are looking for a show to watch today that honors the Memorial Day holiday then the musical BANDSTAND is exactly what you need.
Set in 1945, the musical follows World War II vet and musical prodigy Donny Novitski, played by Corey Cott as he leaves one band of brothers in the war and while readjusting to civilian life and finds another band of brothers that understand his struggle. A musician before the war, Donny is struggling to get back into the music scene when he hears about a radio contest to support the troops. He starts to build a band and makes a star vocalist out of his friend and fellow soldier’s widow Julia, played by Laura Osnes.
Yet, beneath the shining energy and the lush big band notes lurk the shadows of the battles in their past, as each character struggles to adjust to this new post war life.
BANDSTAND was on Broadway in 2017 but will be streaming tonight starting at 7:30pm eastern with a live pre-show with the shows stars Osnes andCott and the choreographer Andy Blankenuehler on Broadway on Demand. The musical itself starts at 8 PM ET. To watch, click here.
Tickets cost $6.99 and a portion of the proceeds will go to the Tragedy Assistance Program (TAPS), which provides comfort, care and resources to all those grieving the death of a military loved one.
The original company of Bandstand also starred Joey Pero, Joe Carroll, Brandon J. Ellis, James Nathan Hopkins, and Geoff Packard as the remaining musicians in the Donny Nova Band. Tony winner Beth Leavel played Julia’s mother June. Mary Callanan, Max Clayton, Andrea Dotto, Ryan Kasprzak, Erica Mansfield, Morgan Marcell, Drew McVety, Kevyn Morros, Jessica Lea Patty, Keven Quillon, Jonathan Shew, Ryan VanDenBoom, and Jaime Verazin as well as swings Patrick Connaghan, Matt Cusack, Marc A. Heitzman, Andrew Leggieri, Becca Petersen, Mindy Wallace, and Kevin Worley complete the talented cast.
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