News Release, National Theatre

Washington, D.C. (Tuesday, February 4, 2020) – The Tony Award®-winning musical BANDSTAND will make its area debut at D.C.’s National Theatre from March 3-8, 2020. Originally directed and choreographed by three-time Tony Award® winner, Hamilton choreographer, and Kennedy Center Honoree Andy Blankenbuehler, featuring music by Richard Oberacker with book and lyrics by Robert Taylor and Richard Oberacker, this poignant and inspiring new American musical explodes with infectious music and high-octane, heart-stopping dancing.

Tickets for BANDSTAND may be purchased at, by calling 1-800-514-3849, or in person at the National Theatre Box Office (Monday-Friday from 12 pm-6 pm and two hours prior to every performance). The National Theatre is located at 1321 Pennsylvania Avenue NW in downtown Washington, D.C.

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 give 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 BANDSTAND national tour cast stars Zack Zaromatidis as Donny Novitski and Jennifer Elizabeth Smith as Julia Trojan. They will be joined by Roxy York (Mrs. June Adams), Rob Clove (Jimmy Campbell), Benjamin Powell (Davy Zlatic), Scott Bell (Nick Radel), Louis Jannuzzi III (Wayne Wright), and Jonmichael Tarleton (Johnny Simpson).

The cast also includes Shaunice AlexanderBeth AndersonMichael BinghamMilena J. ComeauRyan P. CyrSarah DearstyneMichael HardenbergAndre MalcolmKaitlyn MayseMatthew MuchaMallory NoltingTaylor OkeyKatie PohlmanOz Shoshan, and Cameron Turner.

The 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 SmedesGabrielle PalitzTerry SchnuckRoger HorchowPeter SternMichael PalitzJane DubinTom KirdahyDavid LyonsSarah PerotJames L. NederlanderJames & Catherine BergesDarren DeVerna & Jere HarrisJeff & Ellen AdlerNancy Randy BestDeep End ProductionsPatty BakerTerry D. Loftis/Scott D. HuffmanIndependent Presenters Network/Charles & Lisa SiegelRosie Gunther McCooe/J. Scott & Sylvia G. BechtelRoy Putrino/Heather ShieldsDiane & John Kalishman/Alison & John Ferring and The Shubert Organization in association with Paper Mill Playhouse.

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