Fathom Events produces the screening of the 2017 original musical, which won a Tony for Blankenbuehler’s choreography.
The show stars Corey Cott (Newsies, Gigi) as World War II vet and musical prodigy Donny Novitzki, who is trying to return to life “just like it was before” after losing his best friend in combat. When he hears of a radio contest to support the troops and meets a star vocalist in his friend’s widow Julia, played by Tony nominee Laura Osnes, he puts together the Donny Nova Band to go all the way to the top.
The production was the first theatrical production in history to be certified authentic by Got Your 6, an organization that advocates for authentic portrayal of the military across entertainment.
Written by Richard Oberacker and Robert Taylor, the 1945-set musical also starred Joey Pero, Joe Carroll, Brandon J. Ellis, James Nathan Hopkins, and Geoff Packard as the remaining musicians in the Donny Nova Band. (The band continues to play gigs together outside of the show in New York City.) Tony winner Beth Leavel played Julia’s mother June.
The original company also featured Mary Callanan, Max Clayton, Andrea Dotto, Ryan Kasprzak, Erica Mansfield, Morgan Marcell, Drew McVety, Kevyn Morros, Jessica Lea Patty, Keven Quillon, Jonathan Shew, Ryan VanDenBoom, and Jaime Verazin as well as swings Patrick Connaghan, Matt Cusack, Marc A. Heitzman, Andrew Leggieri, Becca Petersen, Mindy Wallace, and Kevin Worley.
Bandstand featured scenic design by Tony nominee David Korins, costume design by Tony winner Paloma Young, lighting design by Tony winner Jeff Croiter, sound design by Tony nominee Nevin Steinberg, hair, wig, and makeup design by J. Jaren Janas and Dave Bova, and musical supervision by Greg Anthony Rassen.
The show will embark on a national tour, as previously announced, and has been acquired by Samuel French for licensing.