Based on the 1953 MGM film, The Band Wagon is the classic showbiz tale of a washed-up Hollywood star (Tony Award winner Brian Stokes Mitchell) who attempts to make a comeback by doing a Broadway show, and encounters an assortment of colorful characters: a British director who is a genius but has no business directing a musical (Tony Award nominee Tony Sheldon), a leading lady who's never done a show before (Tony Award nominee Laura Osnes), and a composer and a lyricist who are at each other’s throats (Academy Award nominee Michael McKean and seven-time Emmy Award winner Tracey Ullman). All things that could never happen in the New York theater today.
Written by Broadway's ultimate insiders, Betty Comden and Adolph Green, the 1953 film told its story through Arthur Schwartz and Howard Dietz’s wonderful songs, including “Dancing in the Dark,” “By Myself,” “I Guess I’ll Have to Change My Plan,” and that great anthem for all of show business, “That's Entertainment." Now five-time Tony nominee Douglas Carter Beane will use the original Comden and Green screenplay (including scenes never filmed) as a basis for this Encores! Special Event, which will be directed by three-time Tony Award winner Kathleen Marshall.
“You well may leave this Band Wagon humming its tunes. How could you not when the numbers include ‘Dancing in the Dark’ and ‘That’s Entertainment’?”
–The New York Times
“Infectiously fun…a fabulous new rendering presented in typical Encores! fashion.”
“The show that just bowed at City Center is a hoot!”
–New York Post