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Proctors Theatre, 432 State St, Schenectady, NY 12305


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Closed March 14, 2020

...hits like a gut punch and a great argument for why theater can sometimes tell a story more boldly and more viscerally than a movie or a television show

The New York Times, Broadway production

Why See Bandstand?

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Bring Back The SWing

After lighting up Broadway in 2017, and winning a Tony in the process, Richard Oberacker and Robert Taylor's Bandstand has hit the road on tour! With direction and choreography by the Tony-winning Andy Blankenbuehler, Bandstand transports you back to post WWII America in this sensationally sizzling musical.

A musical spectacular with emotional bite, Bandstand follows a group of veterans who form a swing band on their return home, with the hope of hitting the big time in a national radio competition. The production won the 2017 Tony for Best Choreography, and also picked up two Drama Desk Awards. Boasting of some of the greatest Choreography Broadway has ever seen, this all dancing, all singing emotional rollercoaster will leave you with joy in your heart and a hop in your step. 

What is Bandstand about?

Donny Novitski is back from the war and unsure what the future holds. His nights are restless, with visions of the battlefield running through his mind, but perhaps music holds the key to his recovery. A once-promising jazz musician, Danny's interest is peaked by a national song competition on the radio, with the winning band bagging an appearance in an MGM movie! Donny sets about putting together a band of fellow veterans, determined that their terrible past experiences shouldn't hold them back from claiming a better future.

With the band improving, Donny's luck seems to have hit an even bigger break when he finds the beautiful and talented widow Julia to be their singer. A romance begins to blossom between the two, yet the band are heading into choppy waters. Their collective pasts can't be so easily forgotten, and the tension caused by all their underlying mental stresses is threatening to break the band apart. As the competition looms closer, they must rediscover their unity if they stand a shot at glory.

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Additional Information


Performance date: 13 March 2020

Run time

Two hours and 30 minutes, with one intermission

And before you stop reading

Please note that the images are taken from the original Broadway production and may not reflect the current cast. 

Cast and Creative


Zack Zaromatidis as Donny Novitski
Jennifer Elizabeth Smith as Julia Trojan
Roxy York as Mrs. June Adams
Rob Clove as Jimmy Campbell
Benjamin Powell as Davy Zlatic
Scott Bell as Nick Radel
Louis Jannuzzi as Wayne Wright
Jonmichael Tarleton as Johnny Simpson

Shaunice Alexander, Beth Anderson, Michael Bingham, Milena J. Comeau, Ryan P. Cyr, Sarah Dearstyne, Michael Hardenberg, Andre Malcolm, Kaitlyn Mayse, Matthew Mucha, Mallory Nolting, Taylor Okey, Katie Pohlman, Oz Shoshan and Cameron Turner. 


Directed and Choreographed by Andy Blankenbuehler
Book & Lyrics by Richard Oberacker & Robert Taylor 
Music by Richard Oberacker.



Best Choreography - Andy Blankenbuehler


Best Choreography - Andy Blankenbuehler
Best Orchestrations - Bill Elliott and Greg Anthony Rassen


Outstanding Choreography - Andy Blankenbuehler 
Outstanding Orchestrations - Bill Elliott and Greg Anthony Rassen 


Outstanding Actress in a Musical
Outstanding Book of a Musical - Richard Oberacker
Outstanding Music - Richard Oberacker
Outstanding Choreography - Andy Blankenbuehler 
Outstanding Orchestrations - Bill Elliott and Greg Anthony Rassen 
Outstanding Costume Design for a Musical - Paloma Young 
Outstanding Lighting Design for a Musical - Jeff Croiter

What we thought

STRONG Empowering beautiful

Bandstand is sure to be a new American classic

Set in Cleveland, Ohio during the mid 1940s, Bandstand is vibrant, colorful and fun whilst sensitively portraying the story of ex-soldiers finding solace - and hope - in music.

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