Kudos for Broadway Musical “Bandstand”

May 15th, 2017, 3:00 pm by Greg

Niskayuna’s Robert Taylor is the co-creator of “Bandstand,” the new Broadway musical. The Niskayuna High School and Union College graduate contributed to the book and lyrics of the Swing Era, against-all-odds story of singer-songwriter Donny Novitski and his band of mismatched fellow military veterans.

The show opened at the Bernard B Jacobs Theatre on Broadway on April 26 to decidedly mixed reviews. The Huffington Post raved, hailing it as “the best new musical of the year.” The New Yorker was not so enthused, declaring, “Andy Blankenbuehler’s direction and choreography are often stiff and cluttered, Richard Oberacker and Robert Taylor’s songs are forgettable, and Corey Cott makes an unsympathetic leading man.” Ouch…

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Still, the show racked up a number of notable award nominations:

TONY AWARD NOMINATIONS:
Best Choreography: Andy Blankenbuehler
Best Orchestration: Bill Elliott, Greg Anthony Rassen

DRAMA DESK AWARD NOMINATIONS:
Outstanding Actress in a Musical: Laura Osnes
Outstanding Choreography: Andy Blankenbuehler
Outstanding Music: Richard Oberacker
Outstanding Orchestrations: Bill Elliott, Greg Anthony Rassen
Outstanding Costume Design for a Musical: Paloma Young Outstanding Lighting Design for a Musical: Jeff Croiter

OUTER CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD NOMINATIONS:
Outstanding Choreographer: Andy Blankenbuehler
Outstanding Sound Design (Play or Musical): Nevin Steinberg
Outstanding Orchestrations: Bill Elliott, Greg Anthony Rassen