A Tony-nominated Broadway show about fictional World War II veterans-turned-bandmates has partnered with two veteran-themed nonprofit groups to offer sponsored tickets to military members past and present.
"Band Together — The Broadway Veteran Project" will provide two tickets to eligible service members, veterans and dependents to see "Bandstand," now playing at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre in New York City. The sponsorship effort involves Got Your 6, a group that advocates for accurate portrayals of military members in entertainment, and the Veterans Ticket Foundation, better known as Vet Tix, which has provided nearly 3 million event tickets to service members, veterans and their families.
"Bandstand" was the first Broadway show to earn "6 Certified" status from Got Your 6, an honor awarded when a production hires or consults with veterans as part of their efforts to portray military life, or meets other criteria set by the nonprofit.
The show is up for Tony awards in choreography and orchestration categories. It opened April 26.
The system that will provide the tickets for veterans and service members is a first for Vet Tix, said Edward "Eddie" Rausch, the group's founder, chairman and chief operating officer:
- Individuals who wish to donate money to pay for the tickets can do so at GotYour6.org/donate, marking the donation in honor of "Bandstand tickets."
- Got Your 6 will buy tickets at a discounted group rate ($59 apiece, far less than a typical Broadway seat) using the donations and turn them over, in blocks of 10, for distribution by Vet Tix.
- Vet Tix will make the tickets available to registered users of its service. It’s not the first time the group has offered Broadway tickets, Rausch said, with some recipients attending "Hamilton," "Wicked" and other shows through the "Hero’s Wish" program.
Members of the "Bandstand" cast also will perform aboard the USS Intrepid Museum in New York City on Sunday as part of the city's Fleet Week activities.