BROADWAY’S “BANDSTAND” TO STREAM ON BROADWAY ON DEMAND THIS MONDAY, 5.25 IN CELEBRATION OF MEMORIAL DAY
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, PLEASE
EXCLUSIVE PRE-SHOW EVENT
“A SALUTE TO BANDSTAND”
THIS MEMORIAL DAY
MONDAY, MAY 25 AT 7:30 PM
IN SUPPORT OF THE
TRAGEDY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM FOR SURVIVORS (TAPS)
New York, NY (May 22, 2020) – Broadway On Demand, the new streaming platform for theater devotees, is proud to celebrate Memorial Day this year with a very special streaming presentation of Richard Oberacker and Robert Taylor’s electrifying Broadway musical Bandstand, Monday, May 25 on BroadwayOnDemand.com.
The streaming event will kick-off at 7:30 PM ET with an exclusive, free, pre-show event, “A Salute to Bandstand,” hosted by original star Corey Cott and featuring director and three-time Tony Award®-winning choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler, Bandstand writers Richard Oberacker and Robert Taylor, and the show’s Tony Award-winning costume designer, Paloma Young.
Following the 30-minute pre-show event, the full production of the acclaimed musical will stream at 8:00 PM ET on Broadway On Demand for $6.99. Viewers will be able to watch both the pre-show event and full Broadway production of the musical, for a 24-hour rental period, through June 2, 2020.
A portion of all proceeds will be donated to the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), which provides comfort, care and resources to all those grieving the death of a military loved one.
In Bandstand, it’s 1945 and the boys are back. With American soldiers returning home, singer-songwriter Private First Class Donny Novitski dreams of rebuilding his life, forgetting his demons, and hopes for everything to be just like it was before. When NBC announces a national competition, a ‘Tribute To The Troops,’ Donny joins forces with a motley group of musicians, and together they form a band unlike any the nation has ever seen: a band of veterans. On their journey, they fight to have their voices heard, struggle to trust each other, and together must make a sacrifice that could end it all.
BANDSTAND: The Broadway Musical on Screen was initially released in movie theaters nationwide in June 2018 by Fathom Events, in special partnership with the military non-profit TAPS, which cares for the families of America’s fallen heroes. Due to the success of the initial film release, an encore presentation took place in November 2018. The Broadway musical was also the first live entertainment production ever to be “6 Certified” by Got Your 6, for its accurate portrayal of the veteran experience. Bandstand was streamed on Playbill.com on April 10, 2020.
“A Salute to Bandstand” | Pre-Show Event
Monday, May 25 at 7:30 PM ET
Free to all viewers
Bandstand | Full Broadway Production
Monday, May 25 at 8:00 PM ET
24-hour rental available until June 2nd for $6.99
Following a critically acclaimed world premiere engagement at Paper Mill Playhouse in 2015, Bandstand began its Broadway run on March 31, 2017, and played through September 17, 2017 at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre. Directed and choreographed by three-time Tony Award winner Andy Blankenbuehler (Hamilton, In The Heights), music by Richard Oberacker, and book & lyrics are by Robert Taylor and Oberacker, Bandstand won the 2017 Tony Award for Best Choreography and received a nomination for Best Orchestrations (Bill Elliott and Greg Anthony Rassen). The musical’s cast of twenty-seven was led by two-time Tony Award nominee Laura Osnes (Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella) and Corey Cott (Newsies, Gigi), and featured Tony Award winner Beth Leavel (The Drowsy Chaperone), Joe Carroll, Brandon J. Ellis, James Nathan Hopkins, Geoff Packard and Joey Pero along with Mary Callahan, Max Clayton, Andrea Dotto, Ryan Kasprzak, Erica Mansfield, Morgan Marcell, Drew McVety, Kevyn Morrow, Carleigh Bettiol, Kevin Quillon, Jonathan Shew, Ryan VanDenBoom, and Jaime Verazin. The Bandstand design team includes Tony Award winners David Korins (Scenic Design), Paloma Young (Costume Design), Jeff Croiter (Lighting Design), and Nevin Steinberg (Sound Design). The Bandstand film is presented in part by original Broadway producers Tom Smedes, Gabrielle Palitz, Terry Schnuck, and Roger Horchow. The production has partnered with Work Light Productions, The Road Company and Samuel French for the future touring and performance rights of the musical.
ABOUT TRAGEDY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM FOR SURVIVORS
The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) is the leading national organization providing compassionate care and survivor support services for the families of America’s fallen military heroes. Since 1994, TAPS has offered support to more than 90,000 survivors of fallen military in the form of peer-based emotional support, grief and trauma resources, grief seminars and retreats for adults, Good Grief Camps for children, casework assistance, connections to community-based care, online and in-person support groups and a 24/7 resource and information helpline for all who have been profoundly affected by a death of a military loved one. Services are provided free of charge. For more information go to taps.org or call the toll-free TAPS resource and information helpline at 1.800.959.TAPS (8277).
ABOUT BROADWAY ON DEMAND
Broadway On Demand is the virtual performing arts complex with a variety of programming that far surpasses any theatrical streaming services currently in the marketplace. In addition to a growing list of live-captured Broadway shows that can be viewed on demand, Broadway On Demand is partnering with individual artists, concert series, brick-and-mortar performance venues, and producing entities around the world to be able to continuously offer the widest array of archived and live streaming events, including everything from exclusive performances to backstage access to interactive masterclasses, and much more. Thanks to a unique licensing interface, ShowShareä, approved middle school, high school, college, community and professional theatre productions will have the opportunity to be streamed to their audiences via this platform.
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