Off-Broadway's Best Musical Transfers
After its rapturous reception Off-Broadway in 2016, this award-winning show is now on the main stem, continuing to be a critically acclaimed hit. A beautifully etched musical, that explores Israeli and Arab relations through a very human story, it follows the fortunes of an Egyptian police band who are left stranded in the remote town of Petah Tikva, and are taken in by the locals. Based on a 2007 movie, the music and lyrics come from David Yazbek, whose previous Broadway credits include The Full Monty and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.
During its Off-Broadway run, The Band's Visit was named by many critics as their favorite musical of the season, and was named 'Best Musical' at the Lucille Lortel, Outer Critics Circle, and NY Drama Critics' Circle awards. Most of the Off-Broadway cast returns for this transfer, including three-time Tony nominee Tony Shalhoub (The Price, Monk).
WHAT IS IT ABOUT?
A simple spelling mistake at the Egypt/Israel border sees the Alexandria Police Band redirected to the wrong town, where there is no public transport, nor hotels. Taken in by the charitable restaurant owner as they discuss their predicament, the band are invited to stay at his various relatives' homes overnight. As they all get to know each other, both sides' initial fears and suspicions are replaced by friendship, understanding, and in one case, even love.