“THE SHOW DEFIES YOU NOT TO BE MOVED”
TimeOut New York
ABILENE – Celebrity Attractions and the Abilene Cultural Affairs Council is proud to announce that the Tony Award®-winning Broadway musical, BANDSTAND, will play Abilene’s Convention Center Auditorium November 6th at 7:30pm. Originally directed and choreographed by three-time Tony winner and Hamilton choreographer, Andy Blankenbuehler, featuring book & lyrics by Robert Taylor and Richard Oberacker, with music by Oberacker, this poignant and inspiring new American musical explodes with infectious music and high-octane, heart-stopping dancing.
Tickets go on sale Monday, October 7th at 9:30am by phone at 800.869.1451, online at CelebrityAttractions.com/Abilene and in person at the Box Office located inside the Abilene Convention Center.
It’s 1945. As America’s soldiers come home to ticker-tape parades and overjoyed families, Private First Class Donny Novitski, singer and songwriter, struggles to rebuild the life he left behind. When NBC announces a national competition to find the nation’s next great musical superstars, Donny sees a lifeline for himself and some fellow veterans that gives them the purpose they so desperately need. 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.
BANDSTAND is “both a peppy celebration of can-do spirit and a more somber exploration of what American servicemen experienced when they marched home from World War II. It’s a great argument for why theater can sometimes tell a story more boldly and more viscerally” (The New York Times). “The show defies you not to be moved” (Time Out New York).
The award-winning BANDSTAND design team includes Tony Award nominee David Korins and associate Justin West (Scenic Design), Tony Award winner Paloma Young (Costume Design), Tony Award winner Jeff Croiter (Lighting Design), Tony Award winner Nevin Steinberg (Original Broadway Sound Design), David Thomas (Tour Sound Design), J. Jared Janas and Dave Bova (Makeup, Hair and Wig Design), Tony Award nominee Greg Anthony Rassen (Co-Orchestrator and Music Arranger), Tony Award winner and 2017 Tony Award nominee Bill Elliott (Co-Orchestrator), Fred Lassen (Music Supervisor), Gina Rattan (Tour Director), with choreography restaged and additional choreography by Marc Heitzman. Tour Casting by Kate Lumpkin, CSA.
BANDSTAND is produced by Work Light Productions and was originally produced on Broadway by Tom Smedes, Gabrielle Palitz, Terry Schnuck, Roger Horchow, Peter Stern, Michael Palitz, Jane Dubin, Tom Kirdahy, David Lyons, Sarah Perot, James L. Nederlander, James & Catherine Berges, Darren DeVerna & Jere Harris, Jeff & Ellen Adler, Nancy & Randy Best, Deep End Productions, Patty Baker, Terry D. Loftis/Scott D. Huffman, Independent Presenters Network/Charles & Lisa Siegel, Rosie Gunther McCooe/J. Scott & Sylvia G. Bechtel, Roy Putrino/Heather Shields, Diane & John Kalishman/Alison & John Ferring and The Shubert Organization in association with Paper Mill Playhouse.
BANDSTAND kicks-off the 2019-2020 Broadway Season in Abilene sponsored by KTAB, KRBC, Residence Inn by Marriott and Courtyard Inn by Marriott. Season tickets offer the best seat at the best prices and include tickets BANDSTAND, FINDING NEVERLAND, BEAUTIFUL – THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL and WAITRESS. For more information on BANDSTAND or Abilene Broadway season tickets visit CelebrityAttractions.com/Abilene.