Bandstand on Broadway

Hey There Love Bug,


Last month I had the privilege of being able to check out Bandstand on Broadway in the heart of NYC.  I have had my eye on this show for a while because I am such a fan of the 1940s era, and not to mention, our amazing veterans to whom this show is dedicated to.  Unfortunately, Bandstand is performing its last show on September 17th, so this is the chance for you to check it out before its too late!  Here are 5 reasons why you’ll love Bandstand too!


5. The Storyline

Bandstand tells the story of a widowed wife of a WWII soldier and a group of veterans who have returned home from the war.  Suffering from PTSD and trying to fit back in their old lives prior to the war, they form a band, but not just any band, a band of 100% veterans.  They call themselves the Donny Nova Band, and they set out to compete in a national radio contest in NYC.  The struggles along the way are not easy, but their fight and determination to prove themselves is insatiable.  It is beyond inspiring and gives the audience a sense of empathy for what our soldiers did, and still do, for our country. Get ready for your heartstrings to be pulled!   There is no other show out there with this much of a relatable storyline for Americans!

4. The Music

While most broadway shows have unbelievable music, there is nothing quite like this one.  The most fascinating thing about the music in this show is that each of the actors on the stage have their own instruments and play them right on the stage for you to enjoy, which is very different from your standard orchestra at the theater.  Each actor in the ‘band’ is not only part of the play, but they are part of the ‘orchestra’ too!  Talk about talent!

3. The Talent

Speaking of talent, I was so blown away that this show wasn’t nominated for a Tony this year.  While each of the actors were incredible, Laura Osnes definitely steals the show as the leading lady of the band.  Her Tony winning voice and stage presence is infectious and beautiful to witness.  The goosebumps came out of my arms all night!  I also loved how humble she was when I met her at the stage door, too!  You’ll be blown away with the talent from every single actor on this stage.

2. The Theatre

Bandstand is currently playing at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre.  As soon as I walked in there, I felt the intimacy between the audience and the stage because it isn’t a large theater, as most of them are.  I love how there is no bad seat in the house and the closeness felt with the audience gives for a more special experience.

1. The “Vintageness”

If you know me well, you know I love all things vintage.  The 1940s are one of the most classiest eras, so I was excited to see how this show would bring it back.  Not only were the costumes exquisite, but the hair, make-up, music, and set made me feel like I had traveled back in time.  I love how they paid such attention to detail with all of the props too.


Run and grab your tickets for Bandstand before they end their run in NYC!

If you already saw Bandstand, what did you think?  Comment below!


Disclosure:  All images and opinions are my own.  

Finding Neverland on Broadway


Hey There Love Bug!

Last week I had the privilege of checking out Finding Neverland on their North American Tour.  To say that this show was beautiful, is a total understatement!  I was truly blown away at this production of how the classic tale of Peter Pan all began.  Here are the top 5 reasons why you’ll love Finding Neverland!

5. The Era

I’m a sucker for all things vintage.  Finding Neverland goes back to the late 1800s/early 1900s in London, England.  It includes verbiage and portrays life through various concepts throughout the entire play.  It’s truly refreshing in the sense that many of the things portrayed in the play aren’t around much anymore.  The interaction between characters is also ‘vintage’ which correlates with the actual story of Peter Pan.

4. The Magic

There are several parts in this play that offer magical moments.  Whether its Peter Pan flying in the sky while the sparkle blows all over the stage (which literally made me shed tears because of how beautiful it was) to the magic bounced off from actor to actor, this play has lots of special magical moments that will make your jaw drop.

3. The Music

The music in this play is phenomenal.  I was blown away with the talent and voices of the main actors, especially the kids!  It was just as magical as the music in the original Peter Pan film.  I definitely felt the each of the characters emotions through their vocal performance.

2. The Costumes

Who doesn’t love a good vintage wardrobe?  The costumes worn by the actors were tailored and worn so beautifully, I felt I had traveled back in time.  This is what made the play truly authentic to the time era.  From the set up of the scenery to the wardrobe of each character, I was super impressed with the portrayal of it all.

1. The Mood

I love stories that make my emotions change.  This play was no exception.  You will smile, laugh, cry, feel happy, feel sad, feel upset etc. There are also many comical moments infused in several parts of the play which made the audience laugh frequently too.  I also felt a strong connection with love and family and the importance of the roles of each of our loved ones.  It was truly a beautiful story that is relatable in so many ways, but ultimately, it teaches us to never lose hope on our dreams.


Have you checked out Finding Neverland?  Click here to check out tour dates for your area!  Tell me what you thought about it below!



Disclosure:  All images and opinions are my own.

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