Tony Winner Andy Blankenbuehler Will Helm NYC Workshop of Bandstand: A Musical

By Andrew Gans
27 May 2014

Andy Blankenbuehler
Andy Blankenbuehler
Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN

A developmental lab of Bandstand: A Musical will be held this summer in New York City.

Tony winner Andy Blankenbuehler will direct and choreograph the workshop, which is scheduled for Aug. 11-Sept. 13. David Kreppel is the musical director.

Bandstand has music by Richard Oberacker and book and lyrics by Robert Taylor and Oberacker.

Set in 1945, Bandstand, according to the Actors Equity notice, "tells the story of a mismatched swing band of military veterans who join together to compete in a national radio contest in New York City with a prize that will guarantee instant stardom to the winners. But with complicated relationships, the demands of the competition and the challenging after-effects of the War that each vet band member carries, going all the way for a win in the contest seems like a dream that may break them more than give them their big break. The score is strongly influenced by authentic 1940’s swing music, much of which is played onstage by the characters who make up the band. The show races towards a 'live on air' finale that has an emotionally charged and surprise twist ending that requires every ounce of talent, stamina and raw nerve that these musicians possess."



Producers include Tom Smedes, Gabby Palitz, Michael Palitz and Peter Stern. Casting is by Tara Rubin.