Donny Novitsky is a musician and a veteran struggling to find a job in his hometown after fighting in the Philippines during World War II. The storyline is about the men and women who serve in our Armed Forces, spend years overseas and the adjustments they face when they return, both personally and professionally as they try to separate the effects of the battlefield from their new day to day lives.
Donny decides to enter a 1945 national radio contest to find America’s next big swing band. He creates his own band by recruiting fellow vets. The widow of his best friend becomes the band’s singer and the girl meets boy story begins.
Directed and choreographed by Hamilton Tony-winner Andy Blankenbuehler and starring Laura Osnes (Cinderella, Bonnie and Clyde) and Corey Cott (Newsies, Gigi), Bandstand is an American story of love, loss, triumph and the everyday men and women whose personal bravery defined a nation. While the lighting design is very good, the set design could be more creative.
Recommended for audiences who love a good story, respect national pride and enjoy the big band era of music.