What Did Critics Have to Say About Bandstand on Broadway? | Playbill

The Verdict What Did Critics Have to Say About Bandstand on Broadway? The new musical starring Corey Cott and Laura Osnes opened officially April 26. Read the reviews.

Following a world premiere at New Jersey’s Paper Mill Playhouse in 2015, the new musical Bandstand makes its Broadway premiere, officially opening at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre April 26. The Andy Blankenbuehler-helmed production stars Corey Cott and Laura Osnes.

Blankenbuehler, who won a Tony Award for his work on Hamilton, also choreographs.

Featuring an original swing score by Robert Taylor and Richard Oberacker, Bandstand tells the story of a young veteran who, upon returning to Ohio after World War II, forms a band with a group of fellow veterans and a young widow in the hopes of achieving fame and escaping the harsh realities of post-war life.

Read what critics had to say about the Broadway production below.

amNY (Matt Windman)

Broadway News (Charles Isherwood)

Chicago Tribune (Chris Jones)

Deadline (Jeremy Gerard)

Entertainment Weekly (Breanne L. Heldman)

Hollywood Reporter (Frank Scheck)

Huffington Post (David Finkle)

NBC New York (Robert Kahn)

Newsday (Linda Winer)

New York Daily News (Joe Dziemianowicz)

New York Times (Alexis Soloski)

NJ.com (Patrick Maley)

Time Out New York (Adam Feldman)

Variety (Frank Rizzo)

Vulture (Jesse Green)

The Wrap (Robert Hofler)

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View opening night photos below:

A Look Inside Bandstand Opening Night Starring Laura Osnes and Corey Cott


In addition to Cott and Osnes, the cast features Tony winner Beth Leavel, Alex Bender, Joe Carroll, Brandon James Ellis, James Nathan Hopkins, and Geoff Packard. Rounding out the company are Mary Callanan, Max Clayton, Patrick Connaghan, Matt Cusack, Andrea Dotto, Marc A. Heitzman, Ryan Kasprzak, Andrew Leggieri, Erica Mansfield, Morgan Marcell, Drew McVety, Kevyn Morrow, Jessica Lea Patty, Becca Petersen, Kevin Quillon, Jonathan Shew, Ryan VanDenBoom, Jaime Verazin, Mindy Wallace, and Kevin Worley.

The production has sets by David Korins, costumes by Paloma Young, lighting design by Jeff Croiter, sound design by Nevin Steinberg, and orchestrations by Bill Elliott and music supervisor Greg Anthony Rassen. Fred Lassen serves as musical director; Mark Stuart is the associate choreographer.

Bandstand is produced on Broadway by Tom Smedes, Gabrielle Palitz, Terry Schnuck, Tom Kirdahy, and Roger Horchow.

The Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre is located at 242 W. 45th Street, New York City.

Flip through photos from the production below:

A Look at Bandstand Starring Laura Osnes and Corey Cott

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