Gettin’ the Band Back Together Sets 2018 Broadway Opening

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The John Rando-helmed musical features a book by Ken Davenport and the improv group Grundleshotz.
Ryan Duncan, Brandon Williams, and Garth Kravits in <i>Getting the Band Back Together </i>
Ryan Duncan, Brandon Williams, and Garth Kravits in Getting the Band Back Together at George Street Playhouse T. Charles Erickson

Following a 2013 world premiere at George Street Playhouse, the musical comedy Gettin’ The Band Back Together will open on Broadway in 2018.

Performances will begin July 19 at the Belasco Theatre, where it will open officially August 13. It is the first show of the 2018–2019 season to announce official dates (though King Kong is set to open at the Broadway Theatre in fall 2018). John Rando will return to direct.

The musical features a book by Ken Davenport (who will also produce) and the performance group Grundleshotz, who helped develop the show through a series of improv rehearsals. Mark Allen penned the score, and Sarah Saltzberg (a member of Grundleshotz) provided additional material.

Initially billed as a “rockin’ Valentine to the Garden State,” Gettin’ The Band Back Together is set in Sayreville, New Jersey, and follows 40-year-old Mitch Shapiro, who just moved back to his mother’s house after losing his job on Wall Street. Upon reconnecting with his high school friends, he and his old band Juggernaut decide to enter a high-stakes Battle of the Bands.

Constantine Maroulis led a private industry reading of the musical in 2014, with fellow Rock of Ages alum Mitchell Jarvis taking on the role at George Street Playhouse. Casting for the New York incarnation has not yet been announced.

The Broadway production will feature sets by Derek McLane; additional creative team members will be announced at a later date. Davenport will produce with Hunter Arnold, Carl Daikeler, H. Richard Hopper, Roy Putrino, and Richard Roth.

The Belasco is currently home to Michael Moore's solo show The Terms of My Surrender; the Mark Rylance-led Farinelli and the King will open there December 17.

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