Gettin’ the Band Back Together is the latest musical comedy to hit Broadway. Directed by Tony Award winner, John Rando, this amusing musical will leave you rolling in the aisles with laughter.
Mitch Papadopolous seemingly had it all. A successful high-paying career in banking and a plush high-rise apartment in Manhattan. Banking was never his real passion. Mitch still dreamed of the rock star career he had always envisioned for himself. On his 40th birthday, he receives the worst birthday present an employee could receive. A pink slip. With looming financial problems ahead, Mitch is forced to move back in with his mom in Sayreville, New Jersey. With financial troubles of her own, the mother/son duo are facing foreclosure at the hand of Mitch’s old high school enemy.
Mitch is desperate for a way to save his childhood home and keep his arch enemy at bay. When his nemesis challenges him to the upcoming Battle of the Bands, Mitch digs up his old guitar and gathers up the old band members who are a cast of characters like no other. There’s the math teacher who’s numerically challenged, the Dermatologist who’s unlucky in love, the cop with Broadway aspirations, and the band’s newest member who is a 16-year old Yamaka-wearing rapper. The group sets out to rock the Battle of the Bands, win back Mitch’s mom’s house and maybe even rekindle a romance with his former high school sweetheart.
Mitch: Mitchell Jarvis is cast in the role of Mitch. His Broadway credentials include Rock of Ages and Fiddler on the Roof. Jarvis has several other theater productions to his credit such as The Three Penny Opera, Twelfth Night, and Uncivil. You may recognize Jarvis from several television commercials and TV shows.
Bart: The role of Bart is played by Jay Klaitz who has appeared in Broadway’s Rock of Ages, Lend Me a Tenor, and High Fidelity. Jay has several TV shows to his credit.
Robbie: Robbie is played by Manu Narayan who developed the role of Aakash in the original Broadway Company, AR Rodman’s Bombay Dreams. He has also appeared in theater productions such as Romeo and Cyrano. Narayan was cast as the leading man in Les Miserables and The Boys from Syracuse. He has appeared in several films and is a well-regarded singer in the industry. Narayan is often recording and frequently sings in venues around the world.
Mitch’s Mom: Marilu Henner is cast in the role of Sharon Papadopolous, better known as Mitch’s mom. Henner is best recognized for her role in the longtime running and award-winning television show, Taxi, as well as her appearance in the show Evening Shade. Henner has a longstanding Broadway career having starred in six Broadway productions. She has been on two national tours and appeared in 50 films in both cinema and television. Henner is a five-time Golden Globe Award nominee as well a New York Times Best Selling Author. Henner currently has ten books in publication.
Gettin’ the Band Back Together is playing at the Belasco Theatre. It’s located on 111 W. 44th Street between 6th and 7th Avenue.
Orchestra from: $79
Mezzanine from: $69
Balcony from: $39
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