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Bandstand National Tour Parent Review

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This week I took my teen daughter to see Bandstand at the National Theatre in Washington, DC. How kid-friendly is this show? Bandstand Parent Review at the National Theatre in DC. 

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I love partnering with the National Theatre.

This season, I’ve had the opportunity to take my daughter to a few shows (Rent, Jersey Boys, and Fiddler on the Roof so far!) and we’re loving the one-on-one time together. 

I cannot tell you how great live theater is for a mother/daughter relationship. If you have a show coming to your town, grab tickets and GO!

If you need to reconnect with your teens, live theater is the way, my friends! 

Earlier this week we headed into Washington, DC for Bandstand at the National Theatre. It’s here for a limited run and I have some thoughts on how kid-friendly the show is for teens.

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Bandstand At The National Theatre in Washington DC

Bandstand is running from March 3-8, 2020. The National Theatre is located at 1321 Pennsylvania Avenue NW in downtown Washington, D.C.

Tickets for Bandstand are on sale. Be sure to grab yours today at

About Bandstand

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.

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Bandstand Parent Review

Bandstand isn’t what I’d call a fun show- because the topic of PTSD and the lack of assistance to veterans just isn’t fun, you know? 

But there is something that pulls me to the era and that time when the boys came home: the dancing, the music, and the struggle made a compelling story. 

And oh my word, the dancing! Who doesn’t love swing dancing with just about every number?

But is this show something your teen can see? 

What You Need To Know If You Take Kids To See Bandstand

There’s a fair share of salty language in this one, including a few F-bombs. 

It’s recommended for 13 and up, but I’d probably push this to high school levels myself, especially if the language is a big concern in your household. 

The topic of mental health and struggles after war- and death of loved ones- is pretty heavy.

If your family has personal experiences with this kind of thing in real life, I’d read up a bit on the show before deciding if it’s appropriate for your teen. 

And despite the music and dancing, the show moves along slowly; it’s going to take a kiddo with a decent attention span to enjoy and sit through the full show.  

But don’t worry; if this show isn’t for kids, there are plenty of options still coming to the National this season. 

2019-2020 Broadway at the National Season

The remainder of the 2019-2020 Broadway at the National season will include:

  • STING STARRING IN THE LAST SHIP (March 27 – April 5, 2020)
  • BLUE MAN GROUP (May 8-17, 2020)
  • BABY SHARK LIVE! (June 5-7, 2020)
  • SUMMER: THE DONNA SUMMER MUSICAL (July 22 – August 2, 2020).


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