Tony Nomination Spotlight – The Band’s Visit

The Band's Visit

The Band’s Visit

Eleven 2018 Tony Award Nominations:

Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre, Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical (Tony Shalhoub), Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical (Katrina Lenk), Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical (Ari’el Stachel), Best Scenic Design of a Musical, Best Lighting Design of a Musical, Best Sound Design of a Musical, Best Direction of a Musical, Best Orchestrations.

A Band Lost in the Desert:

An Egyptian police band travels to Israel to play a concert when a mix-up at the border sends them to a remote village in the middle of the desert, where they must seek the help of the locals, and their lives become intertwined in the most unexpected ways.

From the Producers:

An Egyptian Police Band arrives in Israel to play a concert. After a mix-up at the border, they are sent to a remote village in the middle of the desert. With no bus until morning and no hotel in sight, these unlikely travelers are taken in by the locals. Under the spell of the desert sky, their lives become intertwined in the most unexpected ways. The Band’s Visit celebrates the deeply human ways music and laughter connect us all.

An Off-Broadway Hit:

The critically-acclaimed 2007 Israeli film The Band’s Visit was Israel’s original Foreign Language Film submission for the 80th Academy Awards, but was rejected by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences because it contained over 50% English dialogue. The film won eight Israeli Ophir Prizes awarded by the Israeli Film Academy. The musical adaptation premiered in an acclaimed and sold-out run Off-Broadway at the Atlantic Theater Company in December 2016 and won the 2017 Obie Award for Musical Theatre as well as  the New York Drama Critics’ Circle award for Best Musical, two Lucille Lortel Awards for Outstanding Musical and Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical, and two Outer Critics Circle Awards for Outstanding New Off-Broadway Musical and Outstanding Score. The Band’s Visit premiered on Broadway in October 2017 at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre.

Cast & Creatives:

The Band’s Visit features music and lyrics by David Yazbek, a book by Itamar Moses, choreography by Patrick McCollum and direction by David Cromer. The cast includes Katrina Lenk, Tony nominees Tony Shalhoub and John Cariani, George Abud, Andrew Polk, Bill Army, Adam Kantor, Rachel Prather, Jonathan Raviv, Sharone Sayegh, Ari’el Stachel, Kristen Sieh, Etai Benson, and Alok Tewari. Musicians include Andrea Grody, Alexandra Eckhardt, Ossama Farouk, Philip Mayer, Sam Sadigursky, Jeff Theiss, Harvey Valdes, and David Garo Yellin.


New York Daily News – “This hushed, heart-melting musical is real – and truly magical. The show is a quiet musical meditation that casts a spell through its songs, alluring ambience and excellent actors.”

Hollywood Reporter – “As soothing as a cool breeze across desert sands, this gorgeous, minor-key show…transfers to Broadway with its delicate alchemy intact, borne aloft by the intoxicating Middle-Eastern rhythms of Yazbek’s original score and by the soulful performances of an exemplary ensemble…superbly directed. ”

New York Times – “Ravishing…a Broadway rarity…an honest-to-God musical for grown-ups…with an inspired inventiveness that never calls attention to itself. Yazbek’s quietly simmering score inflects Broadway balladry and character songs with a haunting Middle Eastern accent.”

New York Magazine – “A beautiful piece of theater…a play of deep integrity – funny, generous, sweet without sentimentality, poignant without melodrama, and emotionally expansive even as it insists upon its own smallness.”

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