In an interview with St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Leavel said, “It’s such an honor to be the first. I love St. Louis and I love the Muny and I love Mike [Isaacson]."
Leavel is currently in rehearsal for The Bandstand at Paper Mill Playhouse in New Jersey. The Bandstand begins performances Oct. 8 and plays through Nov. 8. Laura Osnes and Corey Cott also star. Andy Blankenbuehler directs and choreographs the new musical, which features a book and lyrics by Robert Taylor and Richard Oberacker and music by Oberacker.