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Paper Mill’s ‘Bandstand’ never stops swinging, but must close on Sunday

Why sit when you can stand. Why stand when you can dance.  And why just dance when you can sing and swing in Paper Mill Playhouse’s frenetic world premiere of “The Bandstand” which, looking at the talent involved, has its eyes on Broadway.

Directed and superbly choreographed by Tony Award winner Andy Blankenbuehler (“Hamilton,” “In the Heights,” “Bring It On”) and starring Tony nominee Laura Osnes (“Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” and Bonnie and Clyde”) and featuring Tony winner Beth Leavel (“The Drowsy Chaperone”), the musical focuses on  World War II vets who form a swing band in 1945 to compete in a national radio contest with the hope of winning the chance to appear in a movie.

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