Last season’s Tony Award-winning musical Bandstand is headed for the cinemas this summer for a special two-night event. Featuring the Tony-winning choreographer of Andy Blankenbuehler, the musical by Robert Taylor and Richard Oberacker will play 700 U.S. cinemas on Monday, June 25 and Thursday, June 28 at 7:00 p.m. In addition to the feature content, audiences will enjoy behind-the-scenes and never-before-seen footage of the production. Bandstand: The Broadway Musical on Screen is presented by Fathom Events and Sing Out, Louise! Productions
“This stunning film captures the spirit of the Broadway production, but at the same time allows the audience to get closer than they ever would be able to in the theater,” Blankenbuehler said. “It is a powerful reminder about the importance of honoring all the sacrifices that have gotten us to where we are. Service men and women, teachers, mentors, parents…they have built a foundation underneath all of us. And this beautiful story shows us that art and love can heal the soul no matter how deep the injuries go.”
Featuring the original Broadway cast, Bandstand tells an inspiring story: “America’s soldiers come home from war in 1945 to ticker-tape parades and overjoyed families, while Private First Class Donny Novitski (Corey Cott), singer and songwriter, returns to rebuild his life with only the shirt on his back and a dream in his heart. When NBC announces a national competition to find the nation’s next great musical superstars, inspiration strikes. Donny joins forces with a motley group of fellow veterans, each an astonishing musician, and young war widow Julia Trojan (Tony Award nominee Laura Osnes), an aspiring jazz singer. Together, they form a band unlike any the nation has ever seen. Along the way, they discover the power of music to face the impossible, find their voice and finally feel like they have a place to call home.”
Bandstand opened at Broadway’s Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre on April 26, 2017 where it played 166 performances. With a cast featuring Corey Cott (Newsies, Gigi), Laura Osnes (Bonnie and Clyde, Cinderella), and Beth Leavel (The Drowsy Chaperone, Baby It’s You!), the musical was nominated for two Tony Awards, taking home the prize for Andy Blankebuehler’s choreography. Blankenbuehler also directed.
Tickets for Bandstand: The Broadway Musical on Screen are available at FathomEvents.com or participating cinema box offices.
Mark Robinson is the author of the two-volume encyclopedia The World of Musicals and maintains a theater and entertainment blog at markrobinsonwrites.com.