POST: 'Bandstand' - like stepping into a time machine
What's it about?
Bandstand tells the story of a young veteran returned from war, who is trying to get back on his feet by pursuing his musical passions. It leads him down a road filled with tough choices about love, friendship, and confronting his past.
What I experienced?
What do you do when you’re seated next to a group of rowdy tourists at your show? As soon as I arrived at Bandstand, it was clear that I was going to have to figure out how to deal with this exact issue. Lucky, I happen to be a very patient person. Anti-confrontational, too. But I’m not gonna lie, there were moments of mid-show chatter where part of me wanted to unleash my inner old man and chide them for interrupting the experience.
But besides that... I particularly loved that the actors played their instruments and sang on stage, like they were a real band. I know most Broadway musicals are known for being grandiose, with the lights and the big orchestral sounds. But I think what I savor the most about this style of musical is the intimacy. It feels more like a small concert than a big production. It that made me feel like I was an active, engaged patron as opposed to a passive viewer.
This musical had an old-school sound too, and I liked that. I wish there were more shows that blended the old and the new. I couldn’t help but leave with a big smile across my face…and I’m not exaggerating!
I felt transfixed when I was watching this show and I felt the way the show approached its conflicts and issues. I appreciated the blend between sensitive, serious issues and lighthearted fun. I left this show feeling like I had stepped into and back out of a time portal. I didn't really have a connection to the themes of the show, but I left almost in a daze, dazzled by the music and the sweeping arc of the story.
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