Five alumni are involved in a Tony Award-nominated, swing-filled musical that is currently making waves on Broadway. With music, book and lyrics by alumnus Richard Oberacker (BFA Acting, 1993), Bandstand: The New American Musical features alumni from CCM’s Acting, Musical Theatre and Orchestral Conducting programs.
Directed and choreographed by Hamilton's Andy Blankenbuehler, Bandstand has been nominated for seven Drama Desk Awards, six Chita Rivera Awards, three Outer Critics Circle Awards, two Drama League Awards and two Tony Awards.
The musical, set in 1945, tells the story of a World War II veteran who decides to enter a national contest seeking America’s newest musical sensation. He quickly assembles a ragtag jazz band of fellow veterans, along with a beautiful young war widow to be the band’s lead singer, and enters the contest. It’s a post-war Cinderella story told in an era when young Americans were fighting for their identity in the face of a dramatically changed world.
Oberacker has become a successful conductor, composer and lyricist since graduating from CCM's Acting program. He is currently the conductor of Cirque du Soleil’s Kà in Las Vegas. He composed the score for a new musical version of The Great Gatsby, which will premiere in Tokyo later this year.