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Williams Street Rep


  September 28, 2024 7:00 PM

Doors Open: 6:30 PM

presented by Williams Street Rep

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2024 | 7:00 PM

Tickets: $39.50
RaueNOW: $27.65

Music by Richard Oberacker

Book and Lyrics by Robert Taylor and Richard Oberacker

Directed by Dan Ellis

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 swing band sensation, Donny joins forces with a motley group of fellow veterans, and together they form a band unlike any the nation has ever seen. But soon, complicated relationships, the demands of the competition, and the challenging after-effects of war may break these musicians. Victory will require every ounce of talent, stamina, and raw nerve that these musicians can muster.

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.

“A dazzling stand-up-and-cheer new musical!”

The Star Ledger

Recommended age: 13 and up

Content Warning: PTSD

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*Prices vary according to zone. Tickets are non-refundable and non-exchangeable.

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Facility Fee - A $7 per order charge that helps operate and invest back in our historic venue.

Premium Seat Fee - $5 Premium seat fee is based on location/additional leg room and indicated with a light blue color on the seating chart. 

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