Paper Mill Playhouse’s The Bandstand Will Transfer To Broadway
We aren’t even halfway through the 2015-16 Broadway season and we’re already bringing you news regarding next season on Broadway! With more than enough productions, musicals and plays alike, already lined up for this season, Broadway producers are beginning to look ahead as news is revealed of new and revival productions coming to Broadway in the 2016-17 season! One of the very firsts on the boards is a new musical brought to us by one of our favorite regional theaters in the United States! Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the exciting news that Paper Mill Playhouse’s The Bandstand will transfer to Broadway next season!
The Bandstand is a musical featuring music by Richard Oberacker with book and lyrics by Robert Taylor and Richard Oberacker. The musical tells the story of WWII veterans who dream of becoming stars. Their band has the chance to fulfill their dream as they compete in a radio contest in 1945, during the final year of the war to end all wars.
After a highly successful world premiere at New Jersey’s Paper Mill Playhouse, it has been announced that The Bandstand will transfer to Broadway in the 2016-17 season. Tony Award nominee Laura Osnes (Pictured Right) and Corey Cott, who currently are starring in the production, will come to Broadway as well recreating their roles on The Great White Way. At this time, no dates, theatre or any additional casting have been announced. The Bandstand began performances at Paper Mill Playhouse on October 8th, 2015 and just concluded it’s run this past Sunday, November 8th. The show has been received positively across the board but critics and audiences.
The Broadway mounting of The Bandstand will be reunited the entire original creative team led by director and choreographer, Andy Blankenbuehler. The rest of the creative team includes David Korins as scenic designer, Paloma Young as costume designer, Jeff Croiter as lighting designer and Nevin Steinberg as sound designer. Tara Rubin Casting will cast the Broadway mounting.
New Jersey’s Paper Mill Playhouse continues to stand out on the spectrum of regional theaters located in the United States. It’s hard to believe just over a decade ago, this playhouse was on the verge of collapse as financial issues plagued the theatre. Thankfully, it was saved and Paper Mill has turned itself around in more than one way. The company has not only managed to get its finances in order, but the theatre has practically become the official testing waters for any shows interested in a Broadway bow. With recent hits like Disney’s Newsies and Honeymoon In Vegas both playing Paper Mill before hopping the Hudson to Broadway, the theater has proven itself time after time in recent years as not only a pre-Broadway theatre but a successful one at that. The theatre, is lucky enough, around the size of some Broadway houses in terms of stage and house size. A run at Paper Mill will not only give you an estimate at what it will be like to run your show in New York, but also gives you a great sense of the audience vibe and size. Many New Yorker’s and Broadway lovers hop the train to Paper Mill to see many shows before they ever even bow on Broadway. The Bandstand joins a list of shows Paper Mill can say started on their grounds! We’re looking forward to seeing the show during its Broadway run next season and can’t wait to see Laura and Corey back on The Great White Way!
Luner on Theatre will keep you updated as The Bandstand heads to Broadway next season! With the 2015-16 Broadway season still on our hands, there is more than enough time before this show heads to New York! We’ll keep you updated as dates, a theatre and additional casting is announced! For more information, visit The Bandstand’s Official Website, Facebook or Twitter. (Copyright Note; Unless noted, we do not own/claim ownership for any photos used in this post) And of course, check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know and so much more!