Gettin’ the Band Back Together will have two invitation-only developmental lab presentations this week ahead of its arrival on Broadway this summer. With direction by Tony Award winner John Rando and choreography by Chris Bailey, the musical comedy is set to begin performances July 19 at the Belasco Theatre, where it will open officially August 13.
The musical comedy follows 40-year-old out-of-work banker Mitch (played Mitchell Jarvis), who moves back in with his mother (played by Marilu Henner) and decides to reunite his old high school band, Juggernaut.
The principal cast is rounded out by Jay Klaitz (Lend Me a Tenor, High Fidelity), Manu Narayan (Bombay Dreams), Paul Whitty (Once, The Full Monty), and Sawyer Nunes (Matilda, Finding Neverland), who play Juggernaut band members; Brandon Williams (Blood Brothers) as Tygen, Mitch's high school arch nemesis; Tamika Lawrence (Come From Away, Beautiful) as police officer Roxy; Kelli Barrett (Doctor Zhivago), Becca Kötte (Las Vegas company of Rock of Ages), Garth Kravits (The Drowsy Chaperone), and Noa Solorio (regional Mary Poppins).
The ensemble includes Ryan Duncan, J. Elaine Marcos, Rob Marnell, Jasmin Richardson, and Tad Wilson.
Gettin’ the Band Back Together 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.
The creative team also includes Derek McLane (scenic design), Emily Rebholz (costumes), Ken Billington (lighting design), and John Shivers (sound design).
Gettin’ the Band Back Together had its world premiere in 2013 at George Street Playhouse, also directed by Rando.
The Broadway engagement is produced by Hunter Arnold, Roy Putrino, Carl Daikeler, Rob Kolson, Richard Roth, H. Richard Hopper, Diego Kolankowsky, Judith Manocherian, and Davenport. The associate producers for the production are Kayla Greenspan, Valerie Novakoff, and Brian Cromwell Smith.