The stars of the upcoming Broadway production of The Band's Visit met the press yesterday at an event at the Strand's rare book room. Performances of the remounted production, which had its world premiere last year at Atlantic Theater Company, are set to begin October 7 at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre ahead of a November 9 opening night.
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 the Broadway cast is 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 going 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.
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