BANDSTAND - A Band in New York City Lyrics

The New American Musical 2017
Bandstand the Musical - A Band in New York City Lyrics


JOHNNY:
Buddy, take the moment in,
And remember here and now
As the starting point of how
We will conquer New York City!

DAVY:
Buddy, do you realize
We are on a first-class train
And the world is our domain
On the way to New York City!

JIMMY:
It’s the same aspiration shared by thousands of civilians.
It’s the mythic location where they go to make their millions.

JOHNNY:
So buddy, it’s traditional.
And we take our place in line
With the rest who hope to shine
In the lights of New York City!

(All men):
On the journey to get there
We’ve got swell accommodations.

DAVY:
Crystal glassware I’ll bet they’re gonna keep filled with libations.

THE BAND:
Brother, it’s the fantasy.
And we’re livin’ it in style!
Gettin’ closer by the mile
On the train to New York City!

MALE ENSEMBLE:
Rochester!
Syracuse!
Schenectady!
Albany!
Poughkeepsie!
Yonkers!

JULIA:
Donny, kid I owe you one. No, I owe you two or three. Without you I would not be…

THE BAND:
Pulling into New York City!

ENSEMBLE (layered):
Pulling into New York…
The daily news…
We got it all in New York...
It’s right this way…
Welcome home…

JOHNNY (spoken):
That’s a hell of a view! I won’t sleep with all those lights!

DAVY (spoken):
This hotel has the biggest beds I’ve ever seen in my life!

JOHNNY (spoken):
You won’t be in it, there’s a bar downstairs.

DONNY (spoken):
Just remember, tomorrow’s a big day. Don’t do anything stupid.

DAVY:
Brother, make the most of it.
There is only one first time!

JULIA:
And tonight’s the first time I’m on the loose in New York City!

THE BAND:
It’s a special occasion, the fulfillment of a vision.

WAYNE:
We should plan our invasion with our military precision.

THE BAND and JULIA:
Buddy, we’re unstoppable.
Like a catchy Gershwin song.
Like the giant ape King Kong on the top of New York City!

ENSEMBLE WOMAN:
Taxi, 2nd Avenue.
We’ll take the shortcut through the park!
Get me there before it’s dark; traffic’s hell in New York City!

JIMMY:
They’ve got more art than Venice!
Broadway shows with Ethel Merman.

WAYNE:
And the cabs are a menace
Could’ve used one on a German.

JOHNNY:
Brother, get a load of that.
Tell the others I got lost.

NICK:
Better ask how much you’ll cost
Droppin’ free in New York City!

MALE ENSEMBLE:
You’ve got clubs overflowing with celebrities and starlets

FEMALE ENSEMBLE:
And hot horn sections blowing
As are all the whores and harlots

MALE ENSEMBLE:
All the rich and the haughty
And the entourage is with them.

ENSEMBLE:
Need a place to be naughty
And a band to give ‘em rhythm.

ENSEMBLE (layered):
Hear that band…
Hear that band…
Hear that band…

Right this way…
Right this way…
Right this way…
Just breath…
Right this way…

THE BAND and JULIA:
Oh buddy, look beyond the list
To a million other guys
Who are hoping they will rise
To the highest of the highs
Playin’ endless sold out nights
With a crowd at their command
On the towering bandstand
In a band in New York City!

[Thanks to Abigael Parrish for lyrics]

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