The Band's Visit has completed casting for its upcoming Broadway mounting at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre. The production — which made its world premiere in 2016 at Atlantic Theater Company — begins preview performances October 7 in advance of an official November 9 opening. Tickets are now on sale.
As previously announced, the musical's original stars, Katrina Lenk and Tony Shalhoub, will reprise their performances as Dina and Tewfiq, respectively, alongside fellow Atlantic cast members John Cariani (Itzik), Ari'el Stachel (Haled), George Abud (Camal), Andrew Polk (Avrum), Bill Army (Zelger), Rachel Prather (Julia), Jonathan Raviv (Sammy), Sharone Sayegh (Anna), Kristen Sieh (Iris), and Alok Tewari (Simon).
Joining them on Broadway will be Etai Benson (An American in Paris) as Papi and Adam Kantor (Fiddler on the Roof) as Telephone Guy, along with Pomme Koch and Madison Micucci, who will serve as understudies.
Musicians for The Band's Visit will include Andrea Grody (piano, music director), George Abud (violin, oud, darbuka), Alexandra Eckhardt (bass), Philip Mayer (drums, Arabic percussion), Sam Sadigursky (clarinet, saxophones, flute), Jeff Theiss (keyboard, associate conductor), Harvey Valdes (guitar), and David Garo Yellin (cello).
Based on Eran Kolirin's film The Band's Visit, which won the Jury Coup de Couer prize at the Cannes Film Festival, the show tells the story of the Alexandria Ceremonial Police Band, which lands in Israel and is inadvertently sent in the wrong direction. Soon, the band finds itself in a small settlement in the heart of the Negev desert with no transportation out until morning and no hotel in sight.
David Cromer will reprise his direction of the musical, which features a book by Itamar Moses, an original score by Yazbek, choreography by Patrick McCollum, sets by Scott Pask, costumes by Sarah Laux, lighting by Tyler Micoleau, sound by Kai Harada, projections by Maya Ciarrocchi, hair by Charles LaPointe, orchestrations by Jamshied Sharifi, and musical supervision by Andrea Grody and Dean Sharenow.
The Band's Visit won the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best Musical; two Lucille Lortel Awards, for Outstanding Musical and Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical (Lenk); two Outer Critics Circle Awards, for Outstanding New Off-Broadway Musical and Outstanding Score (Yazbek); two Obie Awards, for Musical Theater (Yazbek and Moses) and Directing (Cromer); three Drama Desk Awards, for Outstanding Director of a Musical (Cromer), Outstanding Music (Yazbek), and Outstanding Lyrics (Yazbek); and the Theatre World Awards' Dorothy Loudon Award for Theatre Excellence (Lenk).
The Band's Visit is produced by Orin Wolf, John Styles, John N. Hart Jr., and Atlantic Theater Company.
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