29 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 72.
Time Out New York
“The resonant original musical ‘Bandstand' dances a delicate line between nostalgia and disillusion…The terrific group dance numbers burst with snazzy individuality. But 'Bandstand's' heart is in its shadows...As the stakes rise, the score moves from pleasurable pastiche to a climax whose impassioned call for attention to the plight of veterans recalls the socially engaged lyrics of E.Y. Harburg. The show defies you not to be moved by its valiant band of brothers."
“‘Bandstand’ explores the undeniable power that art has to change the world…It also benefits from first-rate direction and choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler…In terms of style, 'Bandstand' is refreshingly old-fashioned…Osnes performs her two big numbers with a blistering intensity that is thrilling to behold. While not all of the songs fit comfortably in Cott's range, his work is as alive as it gets. It's an exhilarating, star-making turn."
The New York Times
“An undercooked slice of apple pie, served with a dollop of anguish…It’s respectful of veterans, but not of itself, ultimately quitting on its own ambitions...Mr. Cott has a crushing charisma…Ms. Osnes, a brunette with a silvery voice, puts real feeling behind Julia’s loss…But even fine actors can’t make this story more persuasive. If ‘Bandstand’ really worked, the finale would find you laughing and crying. Instead, you might just make like the dancers and shrug.”
“Bandstand” was also reviewed by Samuel L. Leiter of Broadway Blog, Breanne L. Heldman of Entertainment Weekly, Charles Wright of CurtainUp, Sandi Durell of Theater Pizzazz, Robert Kahn of WNBC, Robert Hofler of The Wrap, Linda Winer of Newsday, Chris Jones of Chicago Tribune, Jeremy Gerard of Deadline, Joe Dziemianowicz of New York Daily News, Jesse Green of New York Magazine / Vulture, Matt Windman of AM New York, David Finkle of The Huffington Post, Matthew Murray of Talkin' Broadway, Frank Rizzo of Variety, and Frank Scheck of The Hollywood Reporter.
The show was also reviewed by 267 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 82.
Top five adjectives describing the show:
Great singing, Entertaining, Great staging, Great acting, Delightful
See it if…"You like period pieces and swing music. You're a fan of Corey Cott or Laura Osnes—they don't disappoint."
Don't see it if…"You don't like post-war or PTSD stories."
See it if…"You don't mind seeing a dark, dark show. It's a tribute to veterans and their sacrifice. Choreography, at times, is chilling. Singing's great."
Don't see it if…"You are expecting a fun, light, Dick Clark-type show. Far from it. My biggest beef is not knowing it was a dark, tragic story. Be prepared."
See it if…"You like musicals with a message (PTSD in WWII veterans) that are also entertaining. Excellent choreography and good singing."
Don't see it if…"You want something completely new. A little bit of Mickey and Judy putting on a show."
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