Already closed | 2h 30m | Midtown W

Bandstand

From 1,049 member  reviews
Members say: Great singing, Entertaining, Great staging, Delightful, Great acting

About the show

Set in the swing-fueled nightclubs of post-WWII America, this against-all-odds story of a singer/songwriter and his band of mismatched fellow vets comes to Broadway. Starring two-time Tony nominee Laura Osnes. More…

When a national contest to find America’s next music sensation offers a chance at fame and Hollywood fortune, Donny (Corey Cott) must whip his boys into fighting shape. Teaming up with a beautiful young war widow (Osnes) as their singer, and playing for every voiceless underdog in a world that has left them behind, they will risk everything to redefine the meaning of victory. Directed and choreographed by two-time Tony Award winner Andy Blankenbuehler ('Hamilton,' 'In the Heights'), and featuring an original, swing-inspired score, 'Bandstand' is an American celebration of the men and women whose personal bravery defined a nation.

2h 30m | Already closed | Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (1049)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great singing, Entertaining, Great staging, Delightful, Great acting
83
Avg Score

65
Cliched, Unfocused, Unconvincing, Overrated, Great singing

See it if you love Osnes & Cott; they give great performances in a meh show. Plot is silly, characterizations inconsistent, dialogue is leaden...

Don't see it if and the staging is cramped by the set. The cast is almost entirely white (why?) Disappointing lyrics, unmemorable music.

Also Many professional critics found fault with this show. It wasn't painfu... Read more Read less

85
Earnest, Great music, Absorbing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you're looking for a more traditional-feeling Broadway musical that still moves with a contemporary energy.

Don't see it if you roll your eyes when shows feel very earnest. There's nothing irreverent about it.

70
Ambitious, Cliched, Unmemorable, Great dancing

See it if you want to experience the charm of Osnes & Cott & to see some great 40s-inspired dancing in an otherwise forgettable, cliche-ridden musical

Don't see it if you want to hear a memorable score or see a coherent, original story. [The Greatest Generation deserves a much greater musical.]

80
Disappointing, Entertaining, Banal, Good choreography, Resonant

See it if Valiant efforts by Osnes, Cott & an excellent ensemble provide ballast to bifocaled book Choreography energetic but uninspired

Don't see it if Blankenbuehler's directorial debut hindered by unfocused book & uninspired score. Vet's PTSD problems far more interesting than love story

82
Great singing, Great staging, Great acting, Great music, Entertaining

See it if Dancing, Sing, Story about coming home after war, and dealing with life. Love story too.

Don't see it if Part are very emotional and don't like musical

70
Entertaining, Ambitious, Disappointing, Overrated, Slow

See it if you enjoy swing music and dancing -although there was not as much of either as I had anticipated; predictable plot and love story.

Don't see it if you like big production musicals with memorable songs. This one had decent music, a bit soppy a times, cheerful ending.

77
Great singing, Disappointing, Slow, Delightful, Great dancing

See it if you enjoy good dancing, singing and musicianship; music is pretty but not memorable.

Don't see it if you care that the music is often too loud for the voices; you want a well edited play which flows - this is choppy and under directed.

Also This good story should have been better developed and edited, which wo... Read more Read less

82
Great singing, Great staging, Intelligent, Great choreography

See it if you want amazing singing & dancing telling a story of returning vets.It is hard hitting.It is NOT a light, fluffy, pop music show.

Don't see it if you are looking at their marketing & think the show is just a 1940's musical.It deals with troops returning home and the scars they bring.

79
Brilliant musicianship. extraordinary talent. but tedious muddled story

See it if to hear the mesh of live onstage band with broadway orchestra. Endless, seamless movement on the stage. there is a good play in here.

Don't see it if you want a cohesive story. you want to see real dance rather than scattered moments of flash.

Also I really wish they would have concentrated on one thing, be it the PTS... Read more Read less

79
Entertaining, Great staging, Delightful

See it if A Broadway musical made for veterans of all ages. Sparkling and upbeat with good performances by the entire cast.

Don't see it if Do not see if you prefer serious dramas .

82
Entertaining, Cliched, Patriotic, Relevant, Predictable

See it if you enjoy these excellent performers and/or would enjoy a love letter to our troops in the form of a Broadway musical. It moves on occasion.

Don't see it if you want originality of story, diversity of cast, or will hate that this took the choreography Tony "Holiday Inn" rightfully deserved.

Also The leads have a heartfelt platonic connection for 3/4 of the show, th... Read more Read less

89
Great singing, Great staging, Entertaining, Great acting, Must see

See it if you want to see the best choreography on Bway this season. A wonderfully put together show. Old themes that are new thanks to its creators.

Don't see it if musicals are not your thing though this one should not be missed.

79
Entertaining, Great staging, Ambitious, Relevant

See it if Wartime musical with good not (with a couple of exceptions) great music. Generally upbeat although serious moments especially in Act 2

Don't see it if Don't want to see wartime sacrifices - loss & PTSD; don't want actors performing their own instruments on stage; want deep characters

Also Loved it when the band was playing even though songs often not great. ... Read more Read less

89
Heartfelt sentiment, Inspiring, Intelligent, Divine dancing & singing & staging, Masterful piece of pathos

See it if you seek a sentimental (without being frothy), heartwarming, gripping, and awe-inspiring new musical headed by talented performers.

Don't see it if you dislike dance-heavy shows, romances, moments of PTSD (World War II flashbacks and references), and/or the "swing" and "big band" era

Also Bandstand is a breathtakingly performed new musical that simultaneousl... Read more Read less

95
Great dancing, Great singing, Must see, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you want to see fabulous dancing and singing with a good plot, set after WWII. Particularly relevant to those who have been in service.

Don't see it if You are not patriotic or you do not enjoy the musical genre of the 1940's.

Also Very upbeat. Does not drag for a second. Thoroughly entertaining from ... Read more Read less

83
Romantic, Fun, moving, great dancing

See it if you want to see a 1940's style swing musical about soldiers trying to readjust to life through forming a band & entering a national contest.

Don't see it if you don't like a dance heavy musical about romance blooming during the forming of a all soldier swing band and the widow of a soldier.

81
Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing, Intense, Great bands and dancing

See it if Big band musical with terrific dancing, and acting in the aftermath of war. Loved that the performances are dedicated to our troops.

Don't see it if You do not like old fashioned musicals, swing bands or heavy subject matter. I enjoyed this more than I'd expected.

98
Powerful, Great singing, Great choreography, Must see, Masterful

See it if you enjoy compelling stories that deal with finding yourself after coming back from war combined with great music and dancing

Don't see it if you are expecting a light, fun, swing-era musical. This show has a lot of depth and meat to it.

Also I loved this show. Corey Cott and Laura Osnes are powerhouses (Cott wa... Read more Read less

83
Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging

See it if Unique slant on post WW 2 themed musical. Wonderful cast,led by Laura Osnes and Corey Cott, excel in singing,dancing and playing instruments

Don't see it if Old fashioned musical about post WW 2 era is not your cup of tea. Big dance numbers are major part of the show.

77
Great staging, Thought-provoking, Funny, Poignant

See it if you want to see your "typical Broadway show" but with a little more substance than something like 42nd Street.

Don't see it if you don't like swing in either music or dance (or both).

Also I was surprised to find this show had more depth than I expected. I th... Read more Read less

82
Lovely dancing and singing

See it if Talent says it all ... great musicianship

Don't see it if Seeking ground breaking musical.

92
Must see, Great singing, Great staging, Inspiring, Resonant

See it if for a poignant portrait of WWII servicemen & widow bonding & healing through music they perform; a moving, relatable story & tribute to vets

Don't see it if you're painfully sensitive to stories of veterans' struggles acclimating to life post-service or you dislike swing or dance-laden musicals

Also I'm not much for swing music, but as an amateur musician, I was intrig... Read more Read less

75
Great acting, Great singing, Indulgent

See it if This play made me feel played. WWII vet forms band of all vets plus a woman who lost her husband. Patriotism ensues and a plot twist, etc.

Don't see it if If the title says "Bandstand" - you plan to be seeing Dick Clark's faves because that is not going to happen

85
Great acting, Must see, Great writing, Intelligent, Refreshing

See it if You like jazz/big band music. You are interested in WWII/American history. You want a show go to with a veteran.

Don't see it if You dislike Jazz/Big Band music. Only like shows with lots of choreography. Do not wish to see a show that deals with PTSD. It gets heavy.

Also This show was a wonderful surprise. I was looking for a show to go to ... Read more Read less

94
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Great singing

See it if you really enjoy being thoroughly entertained.

Don't see it if No reason not to see it


April 26th, 2017
“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 ca...
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April 26th, 2017
“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 impassi...
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April 26th, 2017
“I’m not saying it’s perfectly carried out, or even especially profound, but it remains almost compulsively faithful to its vision…The darkness of the background does not mean that the show forswears entertainment…Although it features some Golden Age attributes it is hardly at Golden Age level. B...
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April 26th, 2017
“While many of the numbers have the propulsive feel of big-band swing, none of them are particularly memorable, and the generic ballads frequently stop the show dead in its tracks…Cott and Osnes are highly attractive and appealing performers, and they sing the hell out of their material…But for a...
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