The new musical Bandstand is set in the 1940’s, yet its theme is so relevant today. The show tackles complex issues that both veterans and civilians deal with on a daily basis.
Starring Corey Cott and Laura Osnes, the story is about a group of veterans and a war widow who form a band. All of them suffer from PTSD in some shape or form and they use music as a vehicle for healing. Their band is confronted with numerous emotional and physical obstacles in pursuit of success.
PTSD and depression is something that millions of people are afflicted with, yet there is still a stigma attached to it. In the 1940’s it was rarely discussed and even now it is hard to understand or relate to people who are dealing with mental health issues. Robert Taylor and Richard Oberacker have crafted a show that may not have all the answers, but through the magic of song and dance it brings the issue closer to home. That may just be enough to start the conversation on Broadway and bring more awareness to a debilitating condition.
While this may sound like a heavy topic, Bandstand features uplifting and joyous swing music with show-stopping choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler. We spoke with the cast and creative team at the March 7th press preview to get their thoughts on why this 1940’s period show will resonate with a modern audience.
BANDSTAND will arrive on Broadway this Spring, opening on April 26, 2017. Previews begin March 31, 2017 at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre.
Starring Tony Award nominee Laura Osnes and Corey Cott // Directed and Choreographed by Tony Award winner Andy Blankenbuehler // Music by Richard Oberacker // Book and Lyrics by Robert Taylor and Richard Oberacker
For more info and tickets, visit bandstandbroadway.com.