The boys are back, but their war isn't over. 

Bandstandis an unflinching and honest new musical about confronting the cost of war and finding salvation in the notes of a song. 

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WINNER! Best Choreography - 2017 Tony® Awards
WINNER! Outstanding Orchestrations - 2017 Drama Desk Awards
WINNER! Outstanding Choreography - 2017 Drama Desk Awards

NOMINEE! Best Orchestrations - 2017 Tony® Awards
NOMINEE! Outstanding Music, Outstanding Book of a Musical - 2017 Drama Desk Awards

It's 1945. American soldiers return home to ticker-tape parades and overjoyed families, Private First Class Donny Novitski, singer and songwriter, returns with the hope of rebuilding his life with just a shirt on his back and a dream in his heart.

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. However, complicated relationships, the demands of the competition and the challenging after-effects of war may break these musicians. But, when Donny meets a beautiful, young singer named Julia, he finds the perfect harmony in words and music that could take this band of brothers all the way to the live radio broadcast finale in New York City. Victory will require every ounce of talent, stamina and raw nerve that these musicians possess. 



  • Bandstand Show Clips

  • Love Will Come and Find Me Again Writers Commentary

  • Right This Way - Writers Commentary

  • Just Like It Was Before - Writers Commentary


Song Samples

Just Like it was Before
Donny Novitski
I Know a Guy
Ain't We Proud
Proud Riff
Who I Was
Counterpoint / Pie Jesu
Just Like it was Before (Reprise)
First Steps First
You Deserve It
Dwight Anson
Love Will Come and Find Me Again
Right This Way
The Boys are Back
I Got a Theory
Everything Happens
Welcome Home
A Band in New York City
This is Life
This is Life (Reprise)
Welcome Home (Finale)


Music Rentals

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1 Piano-Conductor/Keyboard 3
1 Piano-Vocal
15 Vocal Books
1 Reed 1
1 Reed 2
1 Reed 3
1 Trumpet 1
1 Trumpet 2
1 Trombone 1
1 Trombone 2
1 Drums
1 Keyboard 1
1 Keyboard 2
1 Violin
1 Bass
1 Piano-Vocal
15 Vocal Books


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Richard Oberacker

Richard Oberacker is currently conducting Cirque du Soleil’s Kà in Las Vegas. Mr. Oberacker’s conducting credits include Cirque’s Dralion and national tours of Disney’s The Lion King, Show Boat, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Music of the Night and Cats. As a composer, co-lyricist, an ...
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Robert Taylor

Robert’s musicals include Ace (NAMT, Cincinnati Playhouse, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Old Globe Theatre, Signature Theatre), Journey to the West (NYMF), The Parenting Project (Cincinnati Fringe Festival, Ensemble Theatre) and The Sandman (NAMT, Fredericia Theater of Denm ...
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