Gettin' the Band Back Together
Gettin' the Band Back Together is a musical with music and lyrics by Mark Allen and a book by Ken Davenport and the Grundleshotz, a group of performers and writers including Sebastian Arcelus, Fred Berman, Michael Hirstreet, Jenna Coker Jones, Craig Jorczak, Nathan Kaufman, Jay Klaitz, Emily McNamara, Jennifer Miller, Bhavesh Patel, Sarah Saltzberg and Fletcher Young.
|Gettin' the Band Back Together|
Logo for the Broadway Production
|Book||Ken Davenport and the Grundleshotz|
2013 George Street Playhouse|
2014 Pre-Broadway Workshop
George Street Playhouse, 2013Edit
Originally titled "Garage Band," Gettin' the Band Back Together was developed through a four-year improvisational rehearsal process by Ken Davenport and the Grundleshotz. It premiered at the George Street Playhouse on September 24, 2013, starring Alison Fraser and Mitchell Jarvis. The production was directed by John Rando and choreographed by Kelly Devine. Residents of Sayreville, New Jersey, the musical's setting and Jon Bon Jovi's hometown, were offered half-price tickets to the production's final preview performance on October 3, and first responders and emergency workers from Sayreville were offered complimentary tickets.
Pre-Broadway Workshop, 2014Edit
The musical opened on Broadway at the Belasco Theatre on July 19, 2018 in previews with opening night on August 13. The production is directed by Rando with choreography by Chris Bailey, scenic design by Derek McLane, costume design by Emily Rebholz and lighting design by Ken Billington.
The musical closed on September 16, 2018 after 40 performances and 30 previews.
In New York City, businessman Mitch Papadopolous is fired on his fortieth birthday. He returns to Sayreville, New Jersey, his hometown, to move back in with his mother, Sharon ("Jersey"). Mitch's best friend, Bart, suggests they reunite their old band, Juggernaut, and when Tygen Billows, their nemesis from high school, learns that Mitch has returned to Sayreville, he challenges Mitch to a rematch of the Battle of the Bands competition that Juggernaut won twenty years earlier.
Mitch is initially reluctant to reunite the band ("One of Those Guys"), but when Tygen threatens to foreclose on Sharon's and Bart's houses, Mitch agrees to enter the Battle of the Bands on the condition that if his band wins, Sharon and Bart will get to keep their houses. Mitch and Bart convince their old band-mates, Sully and Robbie, to get the band back together ("Gettin' the Band Back Together"), with the exception of Kenny, who died while playing a concert at an amusement park two years earlier ("Kenny's Hymn"). The band replaces Kenny with Ricky, a sixteen year old student from the local high school where Bart teaches math.
Juggernaut begins rehearsals, encouraged by Sharon, and book their first gig playing a Jewish wedding ("Hava Nagila"). Mitch begins talking to Dani, his ex from high school who is dating Tygen. Mitch and Tygen get into a fist fight at a bar, landing Juggernaut in jail ("Life Without Parole").
The band gets out of jail just in time for the Battle of the Bands, where Juggernaut performs their new song ("Do Over").
|Character||George Street Playhouse (2013)||Pre-Broadway Workshop (2014)||Broadway (2018)|
|Mitch Papadopolous||Mitchell Jarvis||Constantine Maroulis||Mitchell Jarvis|
|Bart Vickers||Jay Klaitz|
|Michael “Sully” Sullivan||Adam Monley||Paul Whitty|
|Rummesh "Robbie" Patel||Manu Narayan|
|Ritchie Lorenzo||Garth Kravitz|
|Tygen Billows||Brandon Williams|
|Sharon Papadopolous||Alison Fraser||Marilu Henner|
|Dani Franco||Michelle Duffy||Kelli Barrett|
|Roxanne Velasco||Deidre Goodwin||Natalie Venetia Belcon||Tamika Lawrence|
|Tawny Truebody||Emily McNamara||Becca Kötte|
|Ricky "Bling" Goldstein||Evan Daves||Sawyer Nunes|
|Billie Franco||Heather Braverman||Noa Solorio|
Original Cast RecordingsEdit
- "Jersey" - Mitch, Bart, Sully, Robbie, Ensemble
- "One of Those Guys" - Mitch
- "Gettin' the Band Back Together" - Mitch, Bart, Sully, Robbie
- "Kenny's Hymn" - Mitch, Bart, Sully, Robbie
- "Hava Nagila" - Ricky, Ensemble
- "Life Without Parole" - Mitch, Bart, Sully, Robbie, Ricky, Drunk Guy
- "Bart's Confession" - Bart, Ensemble
- "Do Over" - Mitch, Bart, Sully, Robbie, Ricky
- "New Musical Garage Band, Developed through Improvisational Rehearsals, Will Debut at George Street Playhouse | Playbill". Playbill. Retrieved 2016-03-10.
- "'Gettin' the Band Back Together' at the George Street Playhouse turns a rock 'n roll fantasy into a musical". NJ.com. Retrieved 2016-03-10.
- Desk, BWW News. "Alison Fraser & Mitchell Jarvis to Lead GETTIN' THE BAND BACK TOGETHER at George Street Playhouse; Full Cast Announced". BroadwayWorld.com. Retrieved 2016-03-10.
- "Sayreville residents invited to special preview of musical | October 3, 2013 | sub.gmnews.com | Suburban". sub.gmnews.com. Archived from the original on 2016-03-11. Retrieved 2016-03-10.
- "Constantine Maroulis, Marilu Henner, Natalie Venetia Belcon and More Will Be Part of Gettin' The Band Back Together Readings | Playbill". Playbill. Retrieved 2016-03-10.
- Clement, Olivia. " 'Gettin’ the Band Back Together' Begins Previews on Broadway July 19" Playbill, July 19, 2018
- Clement, Olivia. " " 'Gettin’ the Band Back Together' to Close on Broadway" Playbill, August 31, 2018
- "Official Site | Gettin' The Band Back Together the Musical". www.gettinthebandbacktogether.com. Retrieved 2016-03-10.
- "Original Cast Recording of Gettin' The Band Back Together, Featuring Mitchell Jarvis, Now Available | Playbill". Playbill. Retrieved 2016-03-10.
- "Upcoming Cast Recordings". Playbill.
- "Gettin' a Cast Album! Broadway's Gettin' the Band Back Together Will Be Preserved on CD". Broadway.
- Clement, Olivia. "Exclusive: Hear a Track From Gettin' the Band Back Together's Original Broadway Cast Album". Playbill.com. Retrieved September 23, 2018.