'The Band's Visit' Set for Broadway

The Band's Visit Still - Publicity - H 2017
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The new musical by David Yazbek and Itamar Moses, based on the 2007 Israeli film about the gentlest of culture clashes, will transfer in the fall, after picking up rave reviews and a string of awards off-Broadway.

One of the most unanimously acclaimed new musicals of the recently wrapped 2016-17 theater season, The Band's Visit, has locked in plans for a widely anticipated Broadway transfer in the fall.

Featuring an evocative score by David Yazbek and book by Itamar Moses, the show was adapted from the 2007 Israeli film by Eran Kolirin, about an Egyptian police band scheduled to play at the opening of an Arab cultural center in Israel, who find themselves stranded overnight in the wrong town, miles from anywhere, generating a series of captivating encounters with the locals in the sleepy desert community.

Directed by David Cromer, the musical had its world premiere in a limited engagement at off-Broadway's Atlantic Theater Company last December, with rave reviews across the board leading to a sold-out run, extended twice.

The ensemble cast of that original engagement was headed by Tony Shalhoub, who just wrapped a Broadway run in Arthur Miller's The Price; and Katrina Lenk, currently on Broadway in Paula Vogel's Indecent. However, casting for The Band's Visit on Broadway has not yet been announced.

The Atlantic production won honors from the New York Drama Critics Circle, the Lucille Lortel Awards, the Outer Critics Circle Awards and the Obie Awards, among others. It landed on the best-of-2016 lists of a number of publications, including The Hollywood Reporter.

Produced by Orin Wolf, John Styles and John N. Hart Jr., The Band's Visit will play the Ethel Barrymore Theatre, beginning previews Oct. 7 ahead of a Nov. 9 official opening. It will be eligible for consideration in the 2018 Tony Awards.