Five-time Golden Globe nominee Marilu Henner will return to Broadway this summer to star in Gettin’ The Band Back Together. The musical comedy follows 40-year-old out-of-work banker Mitch, to be played by Rock of Ages' Mitchell Jarvis, who moves back in with his mother and decides to reunite his old high school band, Juggernaut. Henner will play Mitch's mom Sharon Papadopolous.
Gettin’ The Band Back Together will begin July 19 at the Belasco Theatre, where it will open officially August 13. The production is directed by Tony Award winner John Rando and choreographed by Chris Bailey.
Previously announced Jay Klaitz (Lend Me a Tenor, High Fidelity), Paul Whitty (Once, The Full Monty), and Sawyer Nunes (Matilda, Finding Neverland) will play Juggernaut band members, along with a fifth and final actor to be announced.
Henner, who is well known for her long-running role in the TV series Taxi, has also been seen on Broadway in Charles Busch’s The Tale of the Allergist Wife, Chicago, Neil Simon’s Social Security, Pal Joey, Over Here!, and Grease.
“I’m so glad to be coming back to my roots. I love the character so much as well as the cast and production team. It will be a blast,” she said in a statement.
Also announced for the principal cast of Gettin’ The Band Back Together are Brandon Williams (Blood Brothers) as Tygen, Mitch's high school arch nemesis; and Tamika Lawrence (Come From Away, Beautiful) as police officer Roxy.
The musical features a book by Ken Davenport (who also produces) 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.
Gettin’ The Band Back Together had its world premiere in 2013 at George Street Playhouse, also directed by Rando.