Late last year, I posted an article about BANDSTAND, a new musical by Cincinnati-native Richard Oberacker (CCM ’93) and partner Robert Taylor. Its September reading had the NYC theatre community abuzz.
Oberacker and Taylor’s musical ACE opened Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park’s 2006-2007 season. In 2009, their musical DON’T MAKE ME PULL THIS SHOW OVER: DISPATCHES FROM THE FRONT LINES OF PARENTING was produced at ETC (after a preview at the 2008 Cincinnati Fringe Festival).
This week, the Paper Mill Playhouse, a regional theater in Millburn, New Jersey, announced BANDSTAND will be making its world premiere as the opening production of its 2015-2016 season.
Running October 8-Nov. 8, “…this sizzling new big-band swing musical with an amazing original score and a plot that is full of surprising twists and turns. Emotionally charged and beautifully crafted, this is the story of a mismatched band of WWII veterans. Battle-scared and broke, dreaming of a better life, they join together to compete in a national radio contest with a prize that will guarantee instant stardom to the winners.”
BANDSTAND is directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Andy Blankenbuehler. Blankenuehler is also a Cincinnati native, and a graduate of St. Xavier High School.
Wishing them all a long and successful run.