We now know when two-time Tony nominee Laura Osnes and Corey Cott will bring jitterbugging to Broadway! Directed and choreographed by Hamilton’s Andy Blankenbuehler, the previously reported transfer of the Paper Mill Playhouse production of Bandstand (they’ve dropped the “The” from the title) is scheduled to officially open on April 26, 2017 at a Shubert Theatre to be announced.Osnes and Cott will both reprise their roles in the new tuner. Set in the smoke filled, swing fueled night clubs of 1945, Bandstand brings the against-all-odds story of singer/songwriter Donny Novitski (Cott) and his band of mismatched fellow WWII veterans to the stage. When a national radio contest to find America’s next big swing band offers a chance at instant fame and Hollywood fortune, Donny must whip his wise-cracking gang of jazzers into fighting shape. Teaming up with the beautiful young war widow Julia (Osnes) as their singer, they struggle to confront the lingering effects and secrets of the battlefield that threaten to tear them apart. Playing for every voiceless underdog in a world that has left them behind, they risk everything in the final live broadcast to redefine the meaning of victory. With an explosive original score and choreography inspired by the high energy swing rhythms of the era, Bandstand is a truly American story of love, loss, triumph and the everyday men and women whose personal bravery defined a nation.Osnes was Tony nominated for Bonnie and Clyde and Cinderella; additional Broadway credits include Grease, South Pacific and Anything Goes. Cott has been seen on Broadway in Gigi and Newsies; screen credits include Madam Secretary, The Intern and The Teacher.With music by Richard Oberacker, and a book and lyrics by Oberacker and Robert Taylor, the original score is strongly influenced by authentic 1940s swing music, much of which is played onstage by the characters and band members.First preview date, exact venue and further casting will be revealed later. The Paper Mill company also included Tony winner Beth Leavel, Joe Carroll, Brandon J. Ellis, James Nathan Hopkins, Geoff Packard and Joey Pero. Laura Osnes View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 17, 2017 Related Shows Laura Osnes and Corey Cott in ‘Bandstand'(Photo: Jerry Dalia) Bandstand Star Files
Max was CEO of the make believe Atlanta Specialty Sports (A.S.S., Inc.). In that capacity his three men team observed and critiqued most of the Slate Creek Relays held each summer in late July. The Great Race was a perfect venue for Max and his crew and his humorous and enthusiastic contributions to the event were enjoyed by all. Although in a horrific battle with cancer the last three years he still made it to Kansas for the race. Max was a frequent visitor to Kansas. While attending an IBM Management School in Kansas City in the late 1960s Max continued his former Air Force friendship with Jack Potucek who was then attending Law School at the University of Kansas. It was that friendship that brought Max to southern Kansas on a regular basis. He was a frequent reveler at the Slate Creek Depot and The Embers when those restaurants were operating in Wellington, participating in the many game-day bus trips sponsored by the restaurants to Lawrence for KU-K-State games. H. Max BeardsleeH. Max Beardslee peacefully died on April 1 at his mountain home near Jasper, Ga., northeast of Atlanta. Max was born in Sheridan Mich. on Jan. 22, 1940 and graduated from Michigan State University where he was a member of Phi Kappa Psi fraternity.He served in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam Era, attaining the rank of Captain.Â His business career focused on the computer and software industry and included many years in management with IBM as well as other related business entities.Max is survived by a brother, Denny Beardslee of Sheridan, Mich. as well as three sons, John of Chandler, Ariz., Chris of Tallahassee Fla., and Steve of Johns Creek, Ga. and their respective families. Max leaves behind many great friends and acquaintances in southern Kansas. He worked hard to develop and maintain those relationships over the past four-plus decades. A “Celebration of Life” will be held in Max’s memory in Wellington in the near future. He is buried at the Georgia National Cemetery in Canton, Ga. A memorial in his name has been established with the Sumner County Veteran’s Memorial Fund. Donations can be sent to the fund â„… George Hitt, 1601 Edgewood, Wellington, Kans. 67152.