From three-time Tony Award® winner and Hamilton choreographer, Andy Blankenbuehler, comes a poignant and inspiring new American musical that explodes with infectious music and high-octane, heart-stopping dancing.
It’s 1945. As America’s soldiers come home to ticker-tape parades and overjoyed families, Private First Class Donny Novitski, singer and songwriter, struggles to rebuild the life he left behind.
When NBC announces a national competition to find the nation’s next great musical superstars, Donny sees a lifeline for himself and some fellow veterans that gives them the purpose they so desperately need. Together, they form a band unlike any the nation has ever seen. Along the way, they discover the power of music to face the impossible, find their voice and finally feel like they have a place to call home.
BANDSTAND is “both a peppy celebration of can-do spirit and a more somber exploration of what American servicemen experienced when they marched home from World War II. It’s a great argument for why theater can sometimes tell a story more boldly and more viscerally,” (The New York Times). “The show defies you not to be moved.” (Time Out New York).
“THE SHOW DEFIES YOU NOT TO BE MOVED BY ITS VALIANT BAND OF BROTHERS. Showstopping and impassioned, this resonant original musical delivers terrific dance numbers that burst with snazzy individuality and vitality, but its heart is in its shadows and in its efforts to shed light on them.”
-TimeOut New York
“AN OPENHEARTED NEW MUSICAL THAT GETS THE CROWD JUMPING!
It is both a peppy celebration of can-do spirit and a more somber exploration of what American servicemen experienced when they marched home from World War II. It’s a great argument for why theater can sometimes tell a story more boldly and more viscerally.”
-The New York Times
“* * * * [4 out of 4 stars] A HIGH-POWERED AND SUPERB NEW MUSICAL! AN URGENT TESTIMONIAL TO THE HEALING AND RESTORATIVE POWER OF THE ARTS.”
“AN ORIGINAL MUSICAL WITH LOADS OF FUN MUSIC, EXPRESSIVE DANCE, AND A WILL TO GRAPPLE WITH TOPICAL ISSUES. BANDSTAND MAKES A BIG DEAL ABOUT THE RESTORATIVE POWER OF MUSIC-MAKING.”
–New York Magazine
“VISUALLY AND EMOTIONALLY COMPELLING.”
“EYE-POPPING, ROOF-RAISING, AND ASTONISHING! BANDSTAND IS STAGED WITH BREATHTAKING ORIGINALITY BY ANDY BLANKENBUEHLER.”
“A DAZZLING, STAND-UP-AND-CHEER NEW MUSICAL THAT’S A WHOLE LOT OF FUN TO WATCH. IT SHOULD NOT BE MISSED!”
“ENTERTAINING AND EVOCATIVE! With upbeat tempos that rev up the ensemble’s terrific dance moves, Bandstand is an entertaining reminder that music is a source of comfort through good times and bad.”
“SPECTACULAR! Bandstand is glamorous and romantic entertainment—a beautifully danced Broadway show with a brassy, big band sound that rarely stops.”
“A GOOSE-BUMP INDUCING MUSICAL THAT CELEBRATES AMERICA!
It’s about material that doesn’t normally get the musical treatment, and that’s the show’s biggest selling point. Today, we’d refer to the prevailing subject matter as PTSD, and it’s an issue treated compassionately here. It deserves props for exploring serious subject matter without the distraction of a political message.”
Due to the nature of live entertainment dates, times, performers, and prices are subject to change. All patrons, regardless of age, must have a ticket. No exchanges or refunds. Tickets are subject to additional fees.
Friday 8 PM
Saturday 2 PM & 8 PM
Sunday 2 PM
Every Sunday, Friday, Saturday
Next Date: Jan 1, 1970
Admission fee: $40-$70
Morris Performing Arts Center
211 N Michigan Street
South Bend, IN 46601