We Went Backstage at "Bandstand" on Broadway

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When a Broadway show invites you to take a backstage tour, you go. When that show happens to be the dancey new hit Bandstand, you MOST DEFINITELY go—and you livestream the whole thing so everyone else can get in on the #backstageparty magic too.

That's exactly what happened the other night, when we got to follow ensemble dancer Morgan Marcell through her pre-show routine at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre. Marcell told us about her typical warm-up, showed us her dressing room and even let us watch her rehearse some of the show's moves onstage with her dance partner Ryan Vandenboom and Bandstand's dance captain Marc A. Heitzman.

It. Was. Everything. 🎉🎺⭐️🎶😍✨🎭


ICYMI, Bandstand is Hamilton choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler's latest project (he served as both director AND choreographer!). The show follows a group of World War II veterans who form a swing band and enter a music contest. It's a realistic (and sometimes dark) look at what soldiers experience when they return home from war. But it's also got TONS of fabulously jazzy 1940s swing moves courtesy of Blankenbuehler—and, naturally, it's in the running for this year's Best Choreography Tony award.

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