Bandstand was a Broadway show that opened in March of 2017 and closed in September. Here is the official description of the show:
They came home to a new America. They made the music that inspired the nation.
1945. As America’s soldiers come home to ticker-tape parades and overjoyed families, Private First Class Donny Novitski, singer and songwriter, returns to rebuild his life with only the shirt on his back and a dream in his heart. When NBC announces a national competition to find the nation’s next great musical superstars, inspiration strikes! Donny joins forces with a motley group of fellow veterans, each an astonishing musician. 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.
I was so disappointed when I found out that the show had closed just a week before I decided to purchase Broadway tickets. Thankfully, they decided to put Bandstand on the big screen for two days.
So, yesterday, we went to the show in Ocean City and I can’t tell you how excited I was. I had been looking forward to seeing this show for months now and it certainly didn’t disappoint me. In fact, it was 10 times better than I thought it would be!
The story was wonderful and was definitely an incredibly moving experience. I’ve always been a huge (mega) fan of Laura Osnes so I was so excited to finally see her in a Broadway show that wasn’t a bootleg video on YouTube (lol). I only recently became aware of Corey Cott so I wasn’t sure what his performance would be like.
Let me just tell you, he did AMAZING! His performance was so believable and incredibly moving. I would definitely purchase this show if they end up putting it on DVD. I also wish that I could go again, if only it weren’t showing so far away from where I live.
If you have the chance, I recommend that you consider going to see it. It’s a wonderful way to learn what veterans went through after World War II or even any war for that matter. It gives you an up-close insight into their struggles coming back and trying to readjust to normal life. The show also makes a spectacular point as to why we need to care for our veterans and continue to support them as they learn to readjust. They have done so much for us and our country and they deserve to be taken care of.
The jazz is entertaining and very catchy, the songs are beautiful and fun, the actors are incredible, and the story is perfect. Overall, I had such a wonderful night! Please go see this show!
Maybe when Bandstand goes on tour, I’ll purchase a ticket to a show ;). I loved it so much!
Have you seen Bandstand on Screen?
What are your thoughts?
Have a wonderful day friends,