Here is the story behind BANDSTAND that will debut at the National Theatre in DC: 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 gives them the purpose they so desperately need.
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 BANDSTAND national tour cast stars Zack Zaromatidis as Donny Novitski and Jennifer Elizabeth Smith as Julia Trojan.
BANDSTAND will run Tuesday, March 3 through Sunday, March 8. The production is recommended for ages 13 and up. • Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 7:30 pm • Friday and Saturday at 8 pm • Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2 pm • Sunday evening at 7:30 pm.
TICKETS Tickets for BANDSTAND at National Theatre DC may be purchased at TheNationalDC.com, 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). GROUPS OF 10+ Groups of 10 or more can save on most Broadway at the National performances. To book, contact the group sales department at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling the Group Sales Hotline at 202-753-6867.
RESTAURANT PARTNERS The National Theatre invites patrons to dine pre- or post-show with partners The Occidental, BLT Prime by David Burke, Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar, Fig & Olive, Flight Wine Bar, The Hamilton, Mirabelle, and MXDC.