Photo Alert – First Look Inside Rehearsals for the National Tour of BANDSTAND Tony Award® Winning Musical Comes to Washington Pavilion

October 29, 2019

Sioux Falls, SD – BANDSTAND, the inspiring new American musical offering infectious music and high-octane, heart-stopping dancing, is coming to Sioux Falls at the Washington Pavilion, November 11-12, 2019. 

The producers of the Tony Award®-winning musical BANDSTAND, a story about our veterans’ homecoming after World War II, recently released photos from rehearsal before the company heads out for the national tour.

Regina Ruhberg, Director of Performances & Events, shared, "We are so excited to be able to tell this beautiful story during Veteran’s Day week. This marvelous production elevates the human spirit and features dancing from the HAMILTON choreographer, Andy Blankenbuehler.”

Work Light Productions launches the national tour of the Tony Award®-winning Broadway musical, BANDSTAND, in College Station, TX on October 29-30, 2019. Originally directed and choreographed by three-time Tony Award® winner and HAMILITON choreographer, Blankenbuehler, featuring music by Richard Oberacker with book and lyrics by Robert Taylor and Oberacker.

The national tour cast will star Zack Zaromatidis as Donny Novitski and Jennifer Elizabeth Smith as Julia Trojan. They will be joined by Roxy York (Mrs. June Adams), Rob Clove (Jimmy Campbell), Benjamin Powell (Davy Zlatic), Scott Bell (Nick Radel), Louis Jannuzzi (Wayne Wright) and Jonmichael Tarleton (Johnny Simpson).

The cast also includes Shaunice Alexander, Beth Anderson, Michael Bingham, Milena J. Comeau, Ryan P. Cyr, Sarah Dearstyne, Michael Hardenberg, Andre Malcolm, Kaitlyn Mayse, Matthew Mucha, Mallory Nolting, Taylor Okey, Katie Pohlman, Oz Shoshan and Cameron Turner.

It’s 1945. As America’s soldiers come home to ticker-tape parades and overjoyed families, Private First Class Donny Novitski, singer and songwriter, struggles to rebuild the life he left behind. When NBC announces a national competition to find the nation’s next great musical superstars, Donny sees a lifeline for himself and some fellow veterans that gives them the purpose they so desperately need. Together, they form a band unlike any the nation has ever seen. Along the way, they discover the power of music to face the impossible, find their voice and finally feel like they have a place to call home.

BANDSTAND is “both a peppy celebration of can-do spirit and a more somber exploration of what American servicemen experienced when they marched home from World War II. It’s a great argument for why theater can sometimes tell a story more boldly and more viscerally” (The New York Times). “The show defies you not to be moved” (Time Out New York).

Tickets are available at the Washington Pavilion Box Office, online at, or by calling (605) 367-6000.

About the Washington Pavilion
The Washington Pavilion is the region’s home for the arts, entertainment and science. Located in a beautifully renovated historic building in downtown Sioux Falls, it is one of only a few facilities in the world to bring together under one roof the performing arts, visual arts and interactive science. The vast array of high quality programming and educational activities available through the Husby Performing Arts Center, Kirby Science Discovery Center, Visual Arts Center and the Community Learning Center ensures that people of all ages and walks of life can rely upon the Washington Pavilion to inspire, educate, entertain and enrich. There is, indeed, something for everyone here. For information about our programs, please call (605) 367-7397 or, (toll free) at 1-877-Wash Pav or visit our website at