Bandstand marks Pero’s Broadway debut after originating the role of the trumpet-playing Nick in the world premiere Paper Mill Playhouse production.
Pero had been scheduled to open the new musical at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre, but in February while walking home from a party at Tommy Tune's house, the actor was struck by a van and fractured his leg in several places.
He assumes the role from Alex Bender, who has played the part since the first preview on Broadway.
Bandstand features music by Richard Oberacker and a book and lyrics by Robert Taylor and Oberacker.
Director and choreographer Blankenbuehler won his third Tony Award for his choreography in Bandstand, which is now playing the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre (242 West 45 Street). Laura Osnes and Corey Cott co-star.
Check out footage from the new musical below: