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A singer/songwriter who cites Elvis Costello and XTC (whom he's produced) among his biggest inspirations, David Yazbek became better known as a Tony-winning musical theater composer/lyricist. He is also recognized for his work in film and television, which includes the theme song for Where in the World Is Carmen San Diego? in the early '90s. He released his first solo album, Laughing Man, under the mononym Yazbek in 1996 before partnering with writer Terrence McNally on The Full Monty, which marked his Broadway debut in 2000. He continued to release solo material into the 2000s in between theater projects such as 2005's Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and 2017's The Band's Visit, both Tony Award winners for Best Musical. The latter won Yazbek the Tony for Best Original Score.

Born and raised in New York City, David Yazbek's first instrument was the cello, which he began playing in elementary school. He took up piano as a teenager. Yazbek went on to earn a degree from Brown University, graduating in 1982. He won an Emmy as part of the writing team for The Late Show with David Letterman in 1986 before deciding to focus on music professionally. At first finding success as a commercial jingle writer, he was part owner of the Manhattan Recording Company studio alongside founder Billy Straus from 1987 to 1989.

Yazbek partnered with a friend from high school, Sean Altman of Rockapella, to write the memorable theme song to the PBS educational series Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego?, which premiered in 1991. Over the next several years, he composed for film shorts and began to find regular work as a music producer, collaborating with such artists as the Persuasions, Tito Puente, and songwriting influence Andy Partridge's band XTC. In turn, Partridge co-produced and played guitar on Yazbek's solo debut album, Laughing Man. It was released by What Are Records? in 1996, credited to simply Yazbek. Another '80s college rock-influenced Yazbek LP, Tock, followed on the same label in 1998. It included the song "You Are Here," which was penned by Partridge, who also performed on the album.

In the meantime, celebrated playwright Terrence McNally was preparing a book for the musical The Full Monty, an adaptation of the 1997 British film of the same name. Originally, composer/lyricist Adam Guettel (The Light in the Piazza) was approached to provide the show's music, but when he had to turn it down, he recommended his former bandmate, Yazbek, for the job. The show opened on Broadway at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre in October of 2000 and became a hit, premiering on the West End two years later. Yazbek's score was nominated for a Tony Award, and he won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Music in 2001. Also in 2001, Yazbek released his third solo album, Damascus. A year later, he contributed additional lyrics for the A.R. Rahman musical Bombay Dreams.

His next project was an adaptation of the 1988 comedy film, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. With music and lyrics by Yazbek and a book by Jeffrey Lane, it arrived on Broadway in 2005. Later that year, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels received 11 Tony Award nominations, including Best Musical and Best Original Score. What Are Records? also released the Yazbek song collection Tape Recorder (Collected Works) in 2005.

In 2007, the songwriter returned with another solo album, Evil Monkey Man, this time on Ghostlight Records and under his full name. The same year, Yazbek provided two songs for the film comedy The Ten ("Written in Stone" and "Who Am I and Where Do I Go from Here?"). Back on the stage, the musical Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown reunited the composer with Lane. Based on the 1988 Pedro Almodóvar film, the show opened on Broadway in October 2010 and went on to earn Tony Award nominations for featured actresses Patti LuPone and Laura Benanti, as well as for Yazbek's score.

Another musical adaptation of a film, this time with its book by Itamar Moses, Yazbek's The Band's Visit premiered off-Broadway in late 2016, then opened at Broadway's Ethel Barrymore Theatre in November 2017. About an Egyptian ceremonial band stranded for a day in a remote, one-café Israeli town on their way to a gig, the musical addressed cultural differences and prejudices, as well as a lack thereof. Its score incorporated Egyptian folk, Arab classical music, klezmer, improvisational jazz, and more into songs and instrumental performances (Yazbek himself is of Jewish-Italian and Arab-Lebanese descent). The show was nominated for 11 Tony Awards in 2018, and won ten, including Best Musical and Yazbek's first for Best Original Score. He also won the Drama Desk Awards for Outstanding Music and Outstanding Lyrics for the show. ~ Marcy Donelson

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Review: ‘The Band’s Visit’ Is a Ravishing Musical That Whispers With Romance

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By Ben Brantley

  • Nov. 9, 2017

Breaking news for Broadway theatergoers, even — or perhaps especially — those who thought they were past the age of infatuation: It is time to fall in love again.

One of the most ravishing musicals you will ever be seduced by opened on Thursday night at the Barrymore Theater. It is called “The Band’s Visit,” and its undeniable allure is not of the hard-charging, brightly blaring sort common to box-office extravaganzas.

Instead, this portrait of a single night in a tiny Israeli desert town confirms a lyric that arrives, like nearly everything in this remarkable show, on a breath of reluctantly romantic hope: “Nothing is as beautiful as something you don’t expect.”

With songs by David Yazbek and a script by Itamar Moses, “The Band’s Visit” is a Broadway rarity seldom found these days outside of the canon of Stephen Sondheim: an honest-to-God musical for grown-ups. It is not a work to be punctuated with rowdy cheers and foot-stomping ovations, despite the uncanny virtuosity of Mr. Yazbek’s benchmark score.

That would stop the show, and you really don’t want that to happen. Directed by David Cromer with an inspired inventiveness that never calls attention to itself, “The Band’s Visit” flows with the grave and joyful insistence of life itself. All it asks is that you be quiet enough to hear the music in the murmurs, whispers and silences of human existence at its most mundane — and transcendent.

And, oh yes, be willing to have your heart broken, at least a little. Because “The Band’s Visit,” which stars a magnificent Katrina Lenk and Tony Shalhoub as would-be lovers in a not-quite paradise, is like life in that way, too.

There were worries that this finely detailed show, based on Eran Kolirin’s screenplay for the 2007 film of the same title, might not survive the transfer to Broadway. First staged to sold-out houses late last year at the Atlantic Theater Company, it exuded a shimmering transparency that might well have evaporated in less intimate quarters.

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Yet “The Band’s Visit” — which follows the modest adventures of a touring Egyptian band stranded in an Israeli village significant only for its insignificance — more than holds its own on a larger stage. Its impeccably coordinated creative team has magnified and polished its assets to a high sheen that never feels synthetic.

This show was always close to perfect musically. (Mr. Yazbek’s quietly simmering score, which inflects Broadway balladry and character songs with a haunting Middle Eastern accent, felt as essential as oxygen.) But it felt a shade less persuasive in its connective spoken scenes.

That is, to say the least, no longer a problem. Though the lives it depicts are governed by a caution born of chronic disappointment, Mr. Cromer’s production now moves wire to wire with a thoroughbred’s confidence.

Such assurance is all the more impressive when you consider that “The Band’s Visit” is built on delicately balanced contradictions. It finds ecstasy in ennui; eroticism among people who rarely make physical contact; and a sense of profound eventfulness in a plot in which, all told, very little happens.

The story is sprung when the members of the Alexandria Ceremonial Band, led by their straight-backed conductor, Tewfiq (Mr. Shalhoub), board a bus in 1996 for an engagement at the Arab Cultural Center in the city of Petah Tikva. Thanks to some understandable confusion at the ticket counter, they wind up instead in the flyblown backwater of Bet Hatikva.

They register as unmistakably alien figures there, looking like refugees from Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band in their powder-blue uniforms. (Sarah Laux did the costumes.) And there’s not a bus out of this godforsaken hole until the next morning.

Just how uninteresting is Bet Hatikva? Its residents are happy to tell you, in some of the wittiest songs ever written about being bored. The “B” that begins its name might as well stand for “basically bleak and beige and blah blah blah.”

Leading this civic inventory is a cafe proprietor named Dina (Ms. Lenk, in a star-making performance), a wry beauty who clearly doesn’t belong here and just as clearly will never leave. Like her fellow citizens, she sees the defining condition of her life as eternal waiting, a state in which you “keep looking off out into the distance/ Even though you know the view is never gonna change.”

Scott Pask’s revolving set, so fitting for a world in which life seems to spin in an endless circle, captures the sameness of the view. But Tyler Micoleau’s lighting, and the whispers of projections by Maya Ciarrocchi, evoke the subliminal changes of perspective stirred by the arrival of strangers.

Connections among the Egyptian and the Israeli characters are inevitably incomplete. To begin with, they don’t share a language and must communicate in broken English. And as the stranded musicians interact with their hosts, their shared story becomes a tally of sweet nothings, of regretful might-have-beens.

That means that the cultural collisions and consummations that you — and they — might anticipate don’t occur. Even the frictions that emerge from uninvited Arabs on Israeli soil flicker and die like damp matches.

The show is carefully veined with images of incompleteness: a forever unlit cigarette in the mouth of a violinist (George Abud); a clarinet concerto that has never been completed by its composer (Alok Tewari); a public telephone that never rings, guarded by a local (Adam Kantor) waiting for a call from his girlfriend; and a pickup line that’s dangled like an unbaited hook by the band’s aspiring Lothario (Ari’el Stachel, whose smooth jazz vocals dazzle in the style of his character’s idol, Chet Baker).

All the cast members — who also include a deeply affecting John Cariani, Kristen Sieh, Etai Benson and Andrew Polk — forge precisely individualized characters, lonely people who have all known loss, with everything and nothing in common. A marvelous Mr. Shalhoub (“Monk”) has only grown in the role of a man who carries his dignity and private grief with the stiffness of someone transporting perilously fragile cargo.

As for Ms. Lenk, seen on Broadway last season in Paula Vogel’s “Indecent,” she is the ideal avatar of this show’s paradoxical spirit, at once coolly evasive and warmly expansive, like the jasmine wind that Dina describes in the breakout ballad “Omar Sharif.”

Listening to Tewfiq sing in Arabic, she wonders, “Is he singing about wishing?” She goes on: “I don’t know what I feel, and I don’t know what I know/All I know is I feel something different.”

Mr. Yazbek’s melody matches the exquisitely uncertain certainty of the lyrics. That “something different” is the heart-clutching sensation that throbs throughout this miraculous show, as precise as it is elusive, and all the more poignant for being both.

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“Once, not long ago, a group of musicians came to Israel from Egypt.” So begins The Band’s Visit , the David Yazbek/Itamar Moses-devised tale about the denizens of a sleepy Israeli town, and the staunch Egyptian police band who walks into their world when a mix-up at the border prevents them from catching the right bus to their concert. While the remaining lines assert, “You probably didn’t hear about it. It wasn’t that important,” we’re sure glad we did hear about it as the intimate musical, with its all-too-prevalent themes of love, unity, and everlasting connection, has captured hearts, shaken up emotions, and invigorated audiences all across the city since it debuted on Broadway in November 2017, following a critically acclaimed Off-Broadway run last Spring.

Now, still going strong on the Main Stem, this inevitable Tony magnet gives us reason to rejoice anew, as the luscious melodies and profound, poetic lyrics of Yazbek’s sweeping score are now preserved for eternity on an original cast album off the Ghostlight Records label, due out for official release ‪on February 23rd.‬

In honor of the album’s drop date, we took a step back and examined the themes of a piece as a whole, picked out a few songs that we felt were most prominent, and wrote up an analysis and commentary on the reason(s) we think they’re important. Check out our top five Band’s Visit picks from this fabulous score... then book your tickets so that you can head to Bet Hatikvah (“with a B”) and visit the band yourself!!

"Waiting" — Our introduction to the denizens of the deserted, desolate Bet Hatikvah. Phrases such as “we’re experts at waiting” suggest they’ve been living in their drab, dreary routines for some time, while lines like “sometimes it feels like we’re moving in a circle....with the same scenery going by,” coupled with the sad and somber delivery of the chorus’ “ahhhh,” suggest a tired desperation — an urgency, if you will, to get out of their rut. Having them all sing this “ahhh” together emphasizes the communal feeling of despair and disgust at their current situation.

It’s Dina’s verse that offers a clue as to their relief: “There’s two kinds of waiting / there’s the kind where you’re expecting something / new or even strange / but this kind of waiting / you keep looking out into the distance / even though you know the view is never gonna change.”

Like a lightbulb, this line triggers the action of the rest of the show, foreshadowing the change that’s about to befall this sleepy little town. Continually stuck in the second type of waiting, they’re going to be shaken up in a way they couldn’t have even imagined. They won’t be “waiting” much longer.

All things considered, too, it’s the opening number of the show, and thus, our first real listen — minus the Overture — to the music within the context of the show. It sets the tone for what’s to come musically, its unique sound, but rich and full like a true Broadway orchestra, but kept simple and intimate with its authentic Middle Eastern timbre, reflecting the time and place of the piece. It’s, again, setting us up for this journey. And oh, what a journey it will be.

"Omar Sharif" - As Dina sings to Tewfiq, her window into the Arabic world as a girl was through movies and radio, and she became particularly captivated by the Egyptian actor of this song’s title. She revels in her childhood memories and bathes in her attraction for this man.

The lyrics are especially significant, however, because she eventually becomes just as mesmerized by Tewfiq, who, like the dashing movie star, hails from Egypt and has “floated in on a jasmine wind,” landing right in her lap, just as she fantasized Omar Sharif would. Tewfiq appears, in his character, to be just as “dark and thrilling, strange and sweet” like the fantasy of her childhood. Dina’s hooked, and, as we know, spends the rest of her time with him trying to bottle that vision… to find her solution… to terminate her endless “waiting.”

As a performer, the phenomenal Katrina Lenk oozes sexy sultriness with every word, in perfect voice both on stage and within this recording. The audience can’t help but become captivated by her. And as Lenk entrances the audience, Dina entrances Tewfiq (who, in turn, entrances Dina). It’s a three-way-match made in heaven… and we can’t help but be compelled to want to see it through.

"Haled’s Song of Love" - Also yearning for a connection is Papi, the young Israeli teen, who complains in the previous song that he has trouble communicating with pretty women.

Knowing that (and more), we couldn’t help but include it in our list. For one, it’s a departure from the show’s traditional Middle Eastern feel — its sole jazz/bluesy number, in the style of Chet Baker, naturally.

Second, it’s interesting, and speaks to the complexity and layers of the song and the sophistication with which Yazbek writes, to consider that although this song is, in the moment, sung to unite Papi and his roller derby darling, it can easily be used to describe Tewfiq and Dina, who are, in this same moment, strolling through the streets, getting to know each other a little bit more intimately. “The pull, the pull, invisible but really real” applies to them just as much as Papi and his flame — they’re not exactly first loves, per se, but establishing a connection, as Dina attempts to experience something more and end her endless “waiting” spell.

Third, it’s the first instance of one of the band members positively impacting an inhabitant’s life, inciting change, and starting the ball rolling for a handful of his colleagues. It’s the first spark of the influence this group will have on these down-and-out people. With his fears conquered, Papi’s no longer waiting. He’s over the hump. He did it.

And lastly, of course, Ari’el Stachel’s silky smooth croon of the number is enough to make you melt in your seat. A winner if ever there was one!!

"Something Different" - Dina’s second attempt to establish a connection with Tewfiq, this time having actually acknowledged her infatuation with the man: “Is this my sheik? Is this my Omar Sharif?”

She’s now revitalized, having entered a new phase of waiting, “the kind where you’re expecting something / new or even strange.” She advances onto Tewfiq, herself captivated by his Arabic prayer. What’s interesting is that, translated, his song says: “Drink deeply of the dark… of the loneliness… of the joy.” So, while she sings of a possible partnership, he’s deep in embracing his loneliness — she just doesn’t know he is, because of the language barrier.

Still, the soothing hum of his prayer mixed with her dulcet tones on the melody toward the end of the number simply make for the stuff of legend.

But at the end of the day, she’s knocking on a closed door. Tewfiq has shut himself away from love, perhaps forever, as a result of tragically losing his son to suicide and his wife thereafter. And that’s probably why, Dina realizes and declares: “Maybe I’m the one who’s fishing.”

And as a side note, to tie it all together, she ends up throwing herself at Haled, the Chet Baker-obsessed who embraces love in all its forms — to the point where he successfully unites another couple through his serenade about love. It was time for love to succeed for him to succeed for himself.

"Answer Me" - This. Final. Number. Hauntingly beautiful melodies aside (Adam Kantor OMG!), this song truly bleeds the themes of love and connection. Throughout, you can feel the desperation for reviving a lost connection, aided by Yazbek’s stunningly visceral poetic language: “my ears are thirsty for your voice.”

Its main lyric — “Will you answer me?” — is also a point of interest. It’s as if to say, despite this band stumbling in and essentially overhauling their lives and relationships, these folks are still searching for an answer, a way out, an end to their loneliness. At their core, they’re, unfortunately, still waiting.

This is certainly true of Dina, in terms of what she wants from Tewfiq. As we’ve explained, while various members of the band do change the townspeople’s lives for the better — Camal unites Itzik and his wife. Haled unites Papi and his love. But Tewfiq does not reciprocate with Dina, therefore leaving her unchanged… lonely… waiting. The band’s visit for her wasn’t transformative… she needs someone (maybe it’s Tewfiq?) to “answer me.” That’s, on one level, what this song touches upon.

On another, lighter note, however, as it continues, we do see Itzik and his wife begin to take the first steps toward reconciliation. We know Papi has conquered his fears and been united with his crush. And, in the middle of the song, after months of radio silence, Telephone Guy’s girlfriend finally calls him back.

That drab, dreary “ahhhh” of the chorus in the first number is no longer — they now sing together in perfect, melodic harmony. Which is all to say, speaking to the greater themes of the piece, that maybe there is hope. All will be reconciled, forgiven, mended, healed. There will be an answer eventually... you just have to wait for the band to visit.

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Playwright Itamar Moses has mastered the art of versatility, whether he’s writing for television dramas, plays, or books for musicals, he knows how to weave situations in which the ordinary becomes transcendental. A perfect example is his delicate work in The Band’s Visit, the critically acclaimed musical adapted from the eponymous Israeli film, which sees the members of an Egyptian band find themselves stranded in an Israeli town in the middle of nowhere. In Visit, Moses creates a lovely dialogue between characters, but also between musical numbers. The show is the rare one, where everything is in its right place. To celebrate the release of the cast recording we spoke to Moses about adapting the film, his penchant for stories about outsiders and how doing the musical was a healing experience.     Whether it’s Nobody Loves You, Fortress of Solitude or The Band’s Visit you seem fascinated by “fish out of water” stories. How did this come to be? That’s never occurred to me before…All these musicals are so different, Nobody is about a guy who has contempt for reality shows and finds himself competing in a reality show, Fortress is about a kid growing up in a neighborhood where he d … Read more

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  • Welcome to Nowhere
  • It Is What It Is
  • Beat Of Your Heart
  • Omar Sharif
  • Papi Hears the Ocean
  • Haled's Song About Love
  • Itgara'a
  • Something Different
  • Itzik's Lullaby
  • Something Different (Reprise)
  • The Concert
  • Afifi (Bonus Track)

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Spend an evening in the company of unforgettable strangers at The Band’s Visit—now one of the most celebrated musicals ever. It rejoices in the way music brings us to life, brings us to laughter, brings us to tears, and ultimately, brings us together. In an Israeli desert town where every day feels the same, something different is suddenly in the air. Dina, the local café owner, had long resigned her desires for romance to daydreaming about exotic films and music from her youth. When a band of Egyptian musicians shows up lost at her café, she and her fellow locals take them in for the night. Under the spell of the night sky, their lives intertwine in unexpected ways, and this once sleepy town begins to wake up. Release date: 2017 Last Update:February, 27th 2019

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Spend an evening in the company of unforgettable strangers at The Band’s Visit —now one of the most celebrated musicals ever. It rejoices in the way music brings us to life, brings us to laughter, brings us to tears, and ultimately, brings us together. In an Israeli desert town where every day feels the same, something different is suddenly in the air. Dina, the local café owner, had long resigned her desires for romance to daydreaming about exotic films and music from her youth. When a band of Egyptian musicians shows up lost at her café, she and her fellow locals take them in for the night. Under the spell of the night sky, their lives intertwine in unexpected ways, and this once sleepy town begins to wake up.

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"It's time to fall in love again! One of the most ravishing musicals you will ever be seduced by." The New York Times Ben Brantley
"Worlds collide, and hearts and minds open. It's ravishing! Unlike any musical I've ever seen." Vogue Adam Green

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In addition to his turn in The   Band's Visit film, Gabay has been seen on-screen in Rambo III, Mermaids, Anachnu BaMapa and Shtisel . He won an Israeli Film Academy Award for his performance in the drama Gett and an Israeli Television Academy Award for his turn in the comedy series Polishuk.

Katrina Lenk is a triple threat artist who segues seamlessly between stage and screen. She most recently starred as Dina in Broadway’s Tony Award-winning production of The Band’s Visit and earned a Tony Award, Grammy Award, Emmy Award, Lucille Lortel Award, Outer Critics Circle Award nomination, Chita Rivera Award nomination, Drama League Award nomination, Theatre World Award’s Dorothy Louden Award, and a Clarence Derwent Award for Breakout Female of the Year. Lenk starred on Broadway in Pulitzer Prize winner Paula Vogel’s Indecent (Outer Critics Circle Award nomination). Her other Broadway credits include Once, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark  and The Miracle Worker . Additional theater credits include iWitness (Mark Taper Forum), Lost Land (Steppenwolf), Caucasian Chalk Circle (South Coast Rep) and Lovelace: A Rock Opera (L.A./Edinburgh). To television audiences, Lenk is known for her pivotal roles on hit series including a recent major series arc on the The Village, The Good Fight, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Elementary, The Get Down, The Blacklist, According to Jim  and Will & Grace . On the big screen, she appeared in Look Away, Evol: The Theory of Love, Elan Vital, Crime Fiction, Kiss Me in the Dark  and Space Daze . Lenk is the ringleader of the band/performance art piece called Moxy Phinx.

Ari'el Stachel is making his Broadway debut after originating the role of Haled in The Band's Visit at the Atlantic Theatre Company (Lucille Lortel and Drama Desk Award nominations). His regional credits include  The Golem of Havana (Barrington Stage Company). He appeared in workshops for  We Live in Cairo (NYTW) and  The Visitor (Public Theatre). On screen, he's been seen in  Blue Bloods  and Jessica Jones .

George Abud is a proud Arab-American actor. Broadway:  The Band’s Visit  starring Katrina Lenk & Tony Shalhoub (Daytime Emmy Award, OBC Recording);  The Visit  starring Chita Rivera & Roger Rees (OBC Recording). Off-Broadway:  The Beautiful Lady  directed by Anne Bogart (La MaMa Experimental Theatre);  Cornelia Street  opposite Norbert Leo Butz (Atlantic Theater Company); Nerd Face in  Emojiland  (Drama Desk nomination, OOBC Recording);  The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui  opposite Raúl Esparza,  Nathan The Wise  opposite F. Murray Abraham, Ibsen’s  Peer Gynt , and Rodgers & Hammerstein’s  Allegro  directed by John Doyle (all for Classic Stage Company); also, at Atlantic,  The Band’s Visit  directed by David Cromer; and  Lolita, My Love  opposite Robert Sella (York Theatre Company). Regional: Richard Nixon in  The Untitled Unauthorized Hunter S. Thompson Musical  directed by Christopher Ashley, and Marinetti in  Lempicka  directed by Rachel Chavkin (La Jolla Playhouse, Craig Noel nominations for both productions); Lewis Chapman in  August Rush  (Paramount Theatre);  Annie Get Your Gun  directed by Sarna Lapine (Bay Street Theater); and Puck in  A Midsummer Night’s Dream  (Geva Theatre Center).

Adam Kantor's Broadway credits include  The Band’s Visit  (Telephone Guy - Grammy & Emmy Awards),  Fiddler On The Roof  (Motel),  Next To Normal  (Henry), and  RENT  (Mark). Off-Broadway:  The Last Five Years  (Jamie),  Avenue Q  (Princeton/Rod). Regional:  Diner  (Signature Theatre),  Nobody Loves You  and  Two Gentlemen of Verona  (The Old Globe). TV: Billions on Showtime (Pununzio), The Good Wife on CBS (Ezra). Training: Northwestern University and British American Dramatic Academy. Co-Founder of StoryCourse - theatrical dining experiences.

Etain Benson is an Israeli-American actor based in NYC. On Broadway, he originated the role of Papi in the Tony Award-winning musical The Band’s Visit . Broadway/National Tour: Wicked (Boq); An American in Paris (Adam). TV: “God Friended Me.” Regional: The Fortress of Solitude (premiere, Dallas Theater Center), A Room with a View (premiere, The Old Globe), Next to Normal (Weston Playhouse), My Name is Asher Lev (GableStage). Workshops: The Band’s Visit (directed by Hal Prince), The Devil Wears Prada (directed by Anna Shapiro), Little Miss Sunshine (directed by James Lapine). Benson trained at the University of Michigan and the legendary Moscow Art Theatre. He is a Grammy Award winner as Principal Soloist on The Band’s Visit Original Broadway Cast Album.  

David Cromer is a New York-based director and actor. He appeared on Broadway as Karl Lindner in the 2014 revival of  A Raisin in the Sun , and Off-Broadway as the Stage Manager in  Our Town , which he also directed, at the Barrow Street Theatre. He appeared in the HBO series The Newsroom , the Showtime series Billions , and in the motion picture  The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) . As a director, his New York credits include  The Band’s Visit  (2018 Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical, Ethel Barrymore Theatre); the Broadway revivals of  Brighton Beach Memoirs  and  The House of Blue Leaves ;  The Treasurer  (Playwrights Horizons);  Man from Nebraska  (Second Stage Theatre);  The Effect, Orson’s Shadow,  and  Tribes  (Barrow Street Theatre);  Women or Nothing (Atlantic Theater Company);  Really Really  (MCC Theater);  When the Rain Stops Falling  and  Nikolai and the Others  (Lincoln Center Theater); and  Adding Machine (Minetta Lane Theatre). Other directing credits include  Come Back, Little Sheba  (Huntington Theatre Company);  The Sound Inside  (Williamstown Theatre Festival); and  Our Town  in London, Chicago, Los Angeles, Boston and Kansas City. Cromer has received a Tony Award, Drama Desk Award, three Obie Awards, three Lucille Lortel Awards, a Joe A. Callaway Award, four Jeff Awards, and in 2010 was made a MacArthur Foundation Fellow.

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After a mix-up at the border, an Egyptian Police Band is sent to a remote village in the middle of the Israeli 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, longing and laughter can connect us all. eaturing music & lyrics by three-time Tony Award nominee & Drama Desk Award winner David Yazbek and a book by NY Drama Critics Circle, Lortel and Outer Critics award winner and Drama Desk nominee Itamar Moses, based on the screenplay by Eran Kolirin, THE BAND'S VISIT will be directed by Drama Desk, Lortel & Obie Award winner and Outer Critic & Drama League Award nominee David Cromer.

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The Band's Visit is an intimate 90 minute musical with no intermission, no big show-stopping numbers, and no 'flash' as we say in show biz. It is a very real performance about a random moment in history, based on the 2007 Israeli film of the same name.

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I’m happy to admit that while I am indeed euphoric, I remain clear-eyed in the knowledge that this particular cultural offering is unique in its storytelling and in the characters who will live for years to come until the very last person who remembers experiencing the exhilaration of the return of live Broadway theater to Nashville speaks their names for the last time.

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When the national tour of 'Anastasia' closed on March 1 at Des Moines Performing Arts, no one could have imagined it would be 19 months before another national tour of a Broadway show would hit the stage again at the Civic Center. 19 months. Who would have thought an intermission could last that long? On Tuesday, October 12, the stage was filled again with all the entrancing pieces that go into making a Broadway show when the national tour of 'The Band's Visit, which plays through October 17, 2021, opened.

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10-Time Tony Award®-Winning Best Musical The Band's Visit is Returning to Washington, D.C.!


“A JOYOUS MUSICAL CELEBRATION. The Band’s Visit unfolds like a rare desert flower that blooms, then fades, in a single night. Its exotic beauty is BREATHTAKING.”  

– The Plain Dealer 

“A gorgeous and justly acclaimed show. The masterpiece of a score makes you realize that we can love and change.” 

– The Chicago Tribune 

(WASHINGTON)—The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is proud to announce that THE BAND’S VISIT , featuring music and lyrics by Tony ® and Drama Desk Award ® -winner David Yazbek , will be returning to Washington, D.C. from July 6–17, 2022. Tickets for the engagement are currently on sale. For more information, please visit the Kennedy Center website.

The Band’s Visit is one of four musicals in Broadway history to win the unofficial “Big Six” Tony Awards ® , which include Best Musical, Best Book, Best Score, Best Actor in a Musical, Best Actress in a Musical, and Best Direction of a Musical.

THE BAND’S VISIT tells a joyful, offbeat story of a band of musicians who arrive in a town way off the beaten path. Under the spell of the desert sky, with beautiful music perfuming the air, the band brings the town to life in unexpected ways. With a Tony ® -and Grammy ® -winning score that seduces your soul and sweeps you off your feet, performed by thrillingly talented onstage musicians, THE BAND’S VISIT rejoices in the way music makes us laugh, gives us hope, and ultimately, brings us together.  

Award-winning Israeli film actor Sasson Gabay will reprise the role of Tewfiq , the role he created in the 2007 film of THE BAND’S VISIT and has played on Broadway and in more than 17 cities on the First National Tour. Joining him to lead the company is the critically acclaimed actress Janet Dacal ( Prince of Broadway, Wonderland, In The Heights ) in the role of Dina .

The cast will also include Ali Louis Bourzgui as Haled , Clay Singer as Itzik , Yoni Avi Battat as Camal , Coby Getzug as Papi , Joshua Grosso as Telephone Guy , Kendal Hartse as Iris , David Studwell as Avrum , Billy Cohen as Zelger , Layan Elwazani as Julia , Marc Ginsburg as Sammy , Ariel Reich as Anna , and James Rana as Simon along with Ramin Doostdar, Loren Lester, Dana Saleh Omar, Nick Sacks, and Hannah Shankman.

THE BAND’S VISIT world premiere opened to critical acclaim at the Atlantic Theater Company in December 2016, and opened at Broadway’s Ethel Barrymore theatre in November 2017. It went on to play 589 regular performance and 36 previews, breaking the all-time box office record at Broadway’s Barrymore Theatre twice and winning 10 Tony Awards ® before closing in April 2019. The production was featured in over 20 “Best Of The Year” lists including The New York Times, Time Magazine, and Entertainment Weekly. The First National Tour launched in June 2019 and played 17 cities before the touring entertainment industry was halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

With music and lyrics by Tony Award ® -winner David Yazbek , and a book by Tony Award ® -winner Itamar Moses, THE BAND’S VISIT won “Best Musical” awards from the Tony Awards ® , Drama League, New York Drama Critics’ Circle, the Outer Critics Circle, the Lucille Lortel and the Obies. It is based on the screenplay by Eran Kolirin , and is directed by Tony Award ® -winner David Cromer .

The creative team also includes Patrick McCollum (Choreography), Tony Award ® -winner Scott Pask (Set Design), Sarah Laux (Costume Design), Tony Award ® -winner Tyler Micoleau (Lighting Design), Tony Award ® -winner Kai Harada (Sound Design), Charles G. LaPointe (Hair Designer), Tony Award ® -winner Jamshied Sharifi (Orchestrations), Andrea Grody (Music Supervisor & Additional Arrangements), Dean Sharenow (Music Supervisor & Music Coordinator) and Adrian Ries (Music Director).

THE BAND’S VISIT is produced on tour by Orin Wolf, StylesFour Productions, Evamere Entertainment, Atlantic Theater Company, David F. Schwartz, Barbara Broccoli, Frederick Zollo, Grove•REG, Lassen Blume Baldwin, Thomas Steven Perakos, Marc Platt, The Shubert Organization, The Baruch/Routh/Frankel/Viertel Group, Robert Cole, DeRoy-Carr-Klausner, Federman-Moellenberg, FilmNation Entertainment, Roy Furman, FVSL Theatricals, Hendel-Karmazin, HoriPro Inc., IPN, JAM Theatricals, The John Gore Organization, Koenigsberg-Krauss, David Mirvish, James L. Nederlander, Al Nocciolino, Once Upon A Time Productions, Susan Rose and Paul Shiverick. The Executive Producers for THE BAND’S VISIT are Allan Williams and Charlie Stone .

THE BAND’S VISIT original Broadway cast album received the 2019 Grammy Award ® for Best Musical Theater Album. The musical is also the recipient of a 2019 Daytime Emmy Award® for a performance of “Answer Me” on NBC’s Today .

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The Huntington holds performances at multiple locations. This production is taking place at The Huntington Theatre .

Music & Lyrics by David Yazbek

Book by Itamar Moses

Based on the screenplay by Eran Kolirin

Directed by Paul Daigneault

Choreography by Daniel Pelzig

Music Direction by José Delgado

A co-production with SpeakEasy Stage

THE BAND’S VISIT is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.

The Huntington Theatre 264 Huntington Ave. Boston, MA 02115

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Approximate run time: 90 minutes with no intermission.

Content advisory: Please note this production contains theatrical haze and the smoking of cocoa shell cigarettes (100% nicotine free). Please click  here for a content advisory that addresses thematic elements.

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Opening Night: 11/15 at 7 pm

Open Caption Performance: 11/21 at 7:30 pm

ASL Performance: 12/13 at 7:30 pm

Audio Described Performance: 12/9 at 2:30 pm

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In this Tony Award-winning, feel-good musical, an Egyptian band of musicians is stranded in a small Israeli town after a transportation mix up, and with no lodgings available, the locals take them in for the night. By morning, surprising connections have been made and friendships forged over moments of shared humanity and love of music. A brief visit can have a lasting impact in this stunning musical adaptation of the acclaimed 2007 film that cast a spell over Broadway.  

“Exquisite and luminous.”

– the boston globe, “in short, it’s a wonder”, –, “gorgeous there’s just everything to love about this musical”, – jared bowen, gbh, “must-see theatre a profoundly beautiful production by two of boston’s best companies.”, – joyce kulhawik,, cast & crew, jared troilo.

Jared Troilo   The Huntington: Prayer for the French Republic . SpeakEasy Stage: Jerry Springer: The Opera, Far from Heaven, Dogfight, Significant Other, The View Upstairs, Tj Loves Sally 4 Ever, The Prom . Regional: Lyric Stage, Moonbox Productions, Wheelock Family Theatre, Reagle Music Theatre, Palace Theatre, Greater Boston Stage, Winter Park Playhouse, Shadowland Stages, Umbrella Stage, TigerLion Arts, Company Theatre, and The Barnstormers.

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Jesse Garlick

Jesse Garlick Off Broadway:  Good  (PTP/NYC) ;   Who Would Be King  (Ars Nova/Liars and Believers). Regional:  A Christmas Carol, Journey to the West, Arcadia   (Central Square Theater);  Good, Assassins   (New Rep);  A Story Beyond, Yellow Bird Chase, Who Would be King   (Liars and Believers);  Hamlet, As You Like It   (Brown Box Theatre Project);  Salome  (Bridge Rep);  Beowulf   (The Poets’ Theatre).

Fady Demian

Zelger, U/S Simon, U/S Camal

Fady Demian The Huntington: Prayer for the French Republic . SpeakEasy Stage: Wild Goose Dreams ; As You Like It (Actors’ Shakespeare Project); Rocky Relationships ( Moonbox Productions); Lorena: A Tabloid Epic and Incels & Other Myths (Boston Playwrights ’ Theatre); Walls (Playback Theatre); Hamlet (Oxford Shakespeare Company); and T he Taming of the Shrew (Prague Shakespeare Company).

Robert Saoud

Avrum, U/S Tewfiq

Robert Saoud  T he Huntington: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Merrily We Roll Along . SpeakEasy Stage: Hello Again , Anna In the Tropics, Some Men, The New Century, XANADU, The Drowsy Chaperone, Casa Valentina . National Tour: GROUCHO: A Life in Review .

Josephine Moshiri Elwood

Josephine Moshiri Elwood The  Huntington: Prayer for the French Republic . SpeakEasy Stage: English, People, Places, & Things, Hand to God, The Whale . Regional:  Vanity Fair  (Central Square Theater) ; Onegin, Gabriel  (Greater Boston Stage Company) ; Old Money  (Commonwealth Shakespeare Company) ; Othello, God’s Ear (Actor’s Shakespeare Company) ; Long Ago and Far Away , The Cherry Orchard  (Walking the dog Theatre).

Noah Kieserman

Telephone Guy

Noah Kieserman  Broadway / National Tour:   Dear Evan Hansen .  Off Broadway:  Space Dogs   (MCC) .  TV/Film: “Law & Order” (NBC), “FBI: Most Wanted” (CBS), “The White House Plumbers” (HBO), “Lady i n The Lake” (Apple TV+). Education: University of Michigan’s BFA Musical Theatre Program. Special thanks to HCKR and Lexy at Framework. @nbkieserman  

Brian Thomas Abraham

Brian Thomas Abraham  Broadway: Life Of Pi, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts 1 & 2 . Regional: ART, Berkshire Theater Group, Mark Taper Forum, Geffen Playhouse, Milwaukee Rep, San Diego Rep, Laguna Playhouse, Ensemble Theater Company, 3D Theatricals.

Marianna Bassham

Marianna Bassham T he Huntington: Sweat, Common Ground Revisited, Romeo and Juliet, Yerma, I Was Most Alive with You, Becoming Cuba, Our Town , and The Luck of the Irish . SpeakEasy Stage:  People Places and Things, Small Mouth Sounds, Hand to God, Admissions, a Future Perfect , In the Next Room (or the Vibrator Play), Reckless, and Blackbird .

Jennifer Apple

Jennifer Apple  Broadway Tour: The Band’s Visit . Regional: Detroit ‘67, Romeo & Juliet (Chautauqua Theater Company); A Walk on the Moon, A Christmas Carol (American Conservatory Theater); title of show (Bridge Production Group); Theory of Relativity (Goodspeed Musicals); Fiddler on the Roof (Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival & CFRT).

Kareem Elsamadicy

Kareem Elsamadicy  Off Broadway: Find the Golden Bird, Giovanni the Fearless . Regional: Light in the Piazza, La Traviata (Ars Nova). University: Man of La Mancha (NYU).

Andrew Mayer

Andrew Mayer  Broadway: Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812 ; A Christmas Carol. Off-Broadway: I Spy a Spy ; The Hello Girls (Prospect Theater) ; Dying for It ( Atlantic Theater) . Regional: Oliver (Goodspeed); The 12 (Denver Center); Appoggiatura (Indiana Rep); Fiddler on the Roof (Barrington Stage).

James Ra n a  Broadway: The Band’s Visit . Off Broadway: The Government Inspector (Red Bull Theatre); Serendib (Ensemble Studio Theatre); Marat/Sade, Macbeth, Mother Courage (Classical Theatre of Harlem); Shogun Macbeth (Pan Asian Rep); As You Like It (Worth Street Theatre). N ational / International : The Band’s Visit (1st National Tour – LA Critics Circle Nomination) ; Love’s Labor’s Lost (Royal Shakespeare Company) ; Macbeth (Bonn Biennial/Globe Neuss).

Emily Qualmann

Anna, U/S Iris, Dance Captain

Emily Qualmann  Broadway National Tours:  Escape to Margaritaville ,  Fiddler on the Roof . Off Broadway:  The Office!: A Musical Parody . Regional:  The Peculiar Tale…  (Goodspeed Opera House). Education: The Hartt School ‘19. Representation: The Roster Agency. @emilyqualmann  

Zaven Ovian

Zaven Ovian  The Huntington: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Romeo & Juliet . SpeakEasy Stage: English, Shakespeare in Love, Big Fish . Off Broadway: Émilie: La Marquise Du Châtelet… (Duende Productions/The Flea Theater). Regional: Selling Kabul (Premiere Stages at Kean); Water By the Spoonful, The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife (Lyric Stage). Education: BFA (Boston Conservatory ‘16). @zavenovian  

Elliot Lazar

U/S Papi, U/S Telephone Guy

Elliot Laz ar  National Tour: Fiddler on the Roof . Regional: Rent , Guys and Dolls ( with Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra ), The Little Mermaid (Rainbow Stage) ; Another Roll of the Dice (North Coast Rep) ; Parade (Opera NUOVA) ; A Little Night Music , The Addams Family (Dry Cold) ; James and the Giant Peach (Manitoba Theatre for Young People) ; The Trump Card (District Theatre Collective) ; American Idiot (Winnipeg Studio Theatre) ; You Were There: A Shadowplay (Pocket Frock) ; Way to Heaven (Winnipeg Jewish Theatre) ; Gianni Schicchi , The Magic Flute , Alcina , Cendrillon (Manitoba Underground Opera). Film/TV: Siberia (Saban Films). Education: BM in Vocal Performance (University of Manitoba ) ; MFA in Theatre ( Boston Conservatory at Berklee). @elliotlazar  

Jordana Kagan

U/S Julia, U/S Anna

Jordana Kagan  Regional: The Prom (White Plains Performing Arts Center). Film: Exuvia (Small Motor Skills). University: The Wolves (Fordham University).

Alex Poletti

U/S Haled, U/S Zelger

Alex Poletti  Regional: Ragtime: The Symphonic Concert (Boston Pops at Symphony Hall and Tanglewood); She Loves Me!, The Pirates of Penzance (College Light Opera Company). Education: BFA in Musical Theatre (Boston Conservatory) .

Sarah Corey

Sarah Corey  SpeakEasy Stage:  Caroline, or Change . Off Broadway:  A Letter to Harvey Milk, Love and Real Estate, Illyria.  International Tour:  Death for Five Voices.

Steven Goldstein

Steven Goldstein The Huntington:  I Was Most Alive With You . SpeakEasy Stage:  Big Fish.  Broadway:  Our Town.  Off Broadway:  Boys’ Life, Oh Hell, The Lights  (Lincoln Center Theater);  Romance, The Vosey Inheritance, The Water Engine, Three Sisters  (Atlantic Theater Company, founding member).

Ryan Mardesich

Passenger 1, U/S Sammy, Itzik

Ryan Mardesich  SpeakEasy Stage:  Wild Goose Dreams, Allegiance . Regional: New Repertory Theatre, North Shore Music Theatre, Barnstormers of NH, Sierra Repertory Theatre, San Francisco Playhouse, Broadway by the Bay, City Lights Theatre, and many others. Directing:  Sweeney Todd  (Moonbox Productions).

Daniel Rodriguez

Associate Conductor/Keyboard 2/Conductor Substitute/Keyboard 1 Substitute

Daniel Rodriguez T he Huntington: Sunday in the Park with George, A Little Night Music . SpeakEasy Stage: Jerry Springer: The Opera , The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Zanna Don’t! . Regional: Assassins, Preludes , The Last Five Years (Lyric Stage Company); Kinky Boots , Little Shop of Horrors (North Shore Music Theater); Oklahoma , Pippin, West Side Story (Reagle Music Theater); Caroline or Change, Cabaret, The Wild Party ( Moonbox Productions); In the Heights (Wheelock Family Theatre); The Lily’s Revenge, The Blue Flower (ART); Ain’t Misbehavin ’ (Front Porch Arts Collective) .

Her di Xha  He has taught and performed in various genres with artists throughout Central Mass, Boston, and the New York area. He has been a percussionist with the New England Philharmonic and Civic Orchestra of Boston as well as having worked as a pit musician on musicals and theatre productions throughout Massachusetts.

Mike Rivard

Acoustic and Electric Bass

Mike Rivard  The Huntington: Merrily We Roll Along . Regional: Wicked, The Lion King, Beautiful: The Carole King (Broadway in Boston), The Blue Flower (ART), and many others. He leads the award-winning world-dub-jazz collective Club d’Elf , and performs regularly with the Boston Pops Orchestra. 

Mac Ritchey

Oud, Acoustic and Electric Guitar, on stage

Mac Ri t chey  Multi-instrumentalist with a 20-year primary focus on the oud, or ‘Arabic lute’, and an immersion in the modal musical systems of the Middle East. Ritchey is also an acclaimed music producer and proprietor of Possum Hall Studios in Carlisle, MA, having recorded hundreds of albums and projects for clients over 30 years. Additionally, Mac is a guitar luthier, designing and building custom stringed instruments for fellow musicians.  

Joe LaRocca

Reeds, on stage

Joe LaRocca T he Huntington: The Lehman Trilogy . T our: Jesus Christ Superstar (50th Anniversary National Tour, Reed 1). Regional: The Lehman Trilogy (Repertory Theater of St Louis); Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (Ogunquit Playhouse, Reed 2); A Man of No Importance (Footlight Club, Reed 1); The Secret Garden, Matilda, Beauty and the Beast, Fun Home, Nine , and others.

Wick Simmons

Cello, on stage

Wick Simmons Broadway Tour:  The Band’s Visit . Wick Simmons has performed at Joe’s Pub, The Kennedy Center, The Dolby, MASS MoCA, Carnegie Hall, Maison l’Amérique Latine, and on NPR. On an international scale, Wick’s body of work spans the worlds of creative-technology, theater, installation art, kink, improvisation, older and newer music.

Fabio Pirozzolo

Percussion, on stage

Fabio Pirozzolo  The Huntington: Yerma . Italian drummer, multi-percussionist and singer currently based in Boston, Massachusetts. Originally from Terracina, Italy, he started his career as a folk percussionist in one of the most famous folk groups in his area, playing the Italian frame drums tamburello and tammorra .

David Yazbek

Music & Lyrics

David Yazbek A varied career as a recording artist, Emmy-winning TV and film writer, music producer and pianist has somehow led Yazbek to a career on Broadway. His four shows, The Full Monty, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Women on The Verge of a Nervous Breakdown , and The Band’s Visi t were all Tony nominated for Best Score. Yazbek took home the Tony for Best Score for T he Band’s Visit . The Full Monty won him the Drama Desk Award for Best Music.

Itamar Moses

Itamar Moses is the author of the full-length plays Outrage, Bach at Leipzig, Celebrity Row, The Four of Us, Yellowjackets, Back Back Back , Completeness , and The Whistleblower ; the musicals Nobody Loves You (with Gaby Alter), Fo r tress of Soli tude (with Michael Friedman) and T he Band’s Visit (with David Yazbek), and the evening of short plays Love/Stories (Or Bu t You Will Get Used To It) . His work has appeared Off-Broadway and elsewhere in New York, at regional theaters across the country and in Canada, Hong Kong, Israel, Venezuela, Turkey, and Chile, and is published by Faber & Faber and Samuel French .

Paul Daigneault

Paul Daigneault  is a New England-based freelance director, producer, and teacher .  Since founding the award-winning SpeakEasy Stage in 1992, he has produced over 150 Boston premieres. As a director, he is especially proud of his projects that have centered gay and queer stories as well as his passion for contemporary American musicals . 

Daniel Pelzig


Daniel Pelzig  The Huntington: Sunday in the Park with George, A Little Night Music, Company, Candide, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, Tartuffe, The Mikado, HMS Pinafore . Broadway: 33 Variations , A Year with Frog and Toad , Sweeney Todd (Kennedy Center Sondheim Festival). Off Broadway: Privates on Parade, Newyorkers , The New Moon, Valhalla .

José Delgado

Music Director/Conductor/Keyboard 1

Jo sé Delgado The Huntington: Becoming Cuba, M . SpeakEasy Stage: Dogfight, The Light in the Piazza, The Wild Party , Parade, Floyd Collins, Caroline or Change, Saturday Night . Regional: Moulin Rouge .

Wilson Chin

Co-Scenic Designer

Wilson Chin The Huntington: Clyde’s , Teenage Dick , Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Romeo and Juliet , Skeleton Crew , Tiger Style! . Broadway: Cost of Living , Pass Over (Drama Desk and Lortel Award nominations), Next Fall . Off Broadway: A Bright New Boise (Signature), The Thanksgiving Play (Playwrights Horizons), Space Dogs (MCC, Lortel Award nomination), Teenage Dick (Ma-Yi/Public), This Land Was Made (Vineyard).

Jimmy Stubbs

Jimmy Stubbs Off Broadway: Richard II/Henry IV (Theatre for a New Audience); Thebes ( Rattlestick Theater). University: Alcina (Yale Opera); Marisol (University of Rochester); The Juniors (Colgate University); Cabaret (Yale Dramatic Association); Fun Home (Yale School of Drama).

Miranda Kau Giurleo

Costume Designer

Miranda Kau Giurleo SpeakEasy Stage: The Scottsboro Boys (IRNE Award — Best Costume Design); School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play ; Prom; Allegiance . Regional: The Royale (Merrimack Rep & Capital Rep – Albany); The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberly, The Heath, Native Gardens, A Christmas Carol (Merrimack Rep); The Convert (Underground Railway Theater); Dancing at Lughnasa , The New Electric Ballroom , Lettice and Lovage (Gloucester Stage); Dry Land , Shockheaded Peter (Company One); Macbeth (Commonwealth Shakespeare Company’s Second Stage).

Aja M. Jackson

Lighting Designer

Aja M. Jackson The Huntington: T he Band’s Visit, The Art of Burning . Broadway: Fat Ham . Off Broadway: A Commercial Jingle for Regina Comet, Rock and Roll Man . Regional: Hear Word (A RT / The Public Theater Under the Radar Festival) ; Lost In Yonkers, The Art of Burning, Pride and Prejudice, Simona’s Search [coming soon] (Hartford Stage) ; A Doll’s House, Harvey, World Goes Round, Behold, A Negress (Everyman Theatre); Fences (Shakespeare and Company); World Goes Round (Olney Theatre); Pimpinone and Ino (Boston Early Music Festival) ; Goddess (Berkeley Rep).

Joshua Millican

Sound Designer

Joshua Millican T he Huntington: A Little Night Music . Broadway/West End: Six, Parade (Revival), Head Over Heels, The Band’s Visit, Prince of Broadway, An American in Paris, Sunday in the Park with George, The Bridges of Madison County, Big Fish . His designs have been heard across six continents and include theatre, film, radio, and museum installations. Education: Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts.  

Vahdat Yeganeh

Vahdat Yeganeh SpeakEasy Stage: English . Regional: ART, Yale Repertory Theatre, the Nora, Underground Railway Theater, Boston Experimental Theatre. Film: Over There (co-producer). Teaching: Learning Lead and the director of Dialogue of Civilizations Program (ART), Theatre and Psychoanalysis (PersPsy Analytic), Theatre of Antonin Artaud and Jerzy Grotowski (New England Conservatory). Publication: Drama for dialogue of civilization (TESOL Journal).      

Rosalind Bevan

Local Casting

Rosalind Bevan The Huntington:  Joy & Pandemic, Clyde’s, K-I-S-S-I-N-G, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, Common Ground Revisited ,  Our Daughters, Like Pillars, The Bluest Eye,  (Line Producer);  Witch  (Assistant Director); Dream Boston audio plays:  Echoes  and  The 54th in ‘22  (Director).

Emily F. McMullen

Production Stage Manager

Emily F. McMullen  has stage managed over 30 shows over the past nine seasons at The Huntington, including John Proctor is the Villain, The Band’s Visit, The Lehman Trilogy, Clyde’s, The Art of Burning, Common Ground Revisited, Hurricane Diane, Sweat, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead, Indecent, Romeo and Juliet, A Doll’s House, Part 2, Man in the Ring, The Niceties, Top Girls, Bad Dates, Tartuffe, and Merrily We Roll Along .

Lucas Bryce Dixon

Stage Manager

Lucas Dixon  The Huntington: John Proctor is the Villain, The Band’s Visit, Fat Ham, The Lehman Trilogy, Clyde’s, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, Common Ground Revisited, The Bluest Eye, Hurricane Diane, Yerma .

Lyndsay Allyn Cox

Producing Director

Lyndsay Allyn Cox The Huntington (acting): Common Ground Revisited ; Our Daughters, Like Pillars ; Witch . Regional (directing): Chicken and Biscuits (Front Porch Arts Collective); Tiny Beautiful Things (Gloucester Stage); Splash Hatch on the E Going Down (The Nora Theatre Company). Regional (acting): Fairview , Men on Boats ( SpeakEasy Stage); Fabulation (or the Re -E ducation of Undine) , Barbecue, By The Way, Meet Vera Stark (Lyric Stage Company); Bright Half Life (Actors’ Shakespeare Project); The Three Musketeers (Greater Boston Stage Company); Winter People (Boston Playwrights’ Theatre); Caroline, Or Change ( Moonbox Productions); The Overwhelming , Leftovers (Company One).

Sondra R. Katz

General Manager

Sondra R. Katz (General Manager) is in her nineteenth season at the Huntington. She has worked on Broadway, Off Broadway, and regionally as a stage manager, company manager, production manager and general manager.

Dori A. Robinson

Assistant Director

Dori A. Robinson The Huntington:  Prayer for the French Republic .  Directing credits include  Silent Sky, The Elm Tree ,  Fully Committed, A Bright Room Called Day, Julius Caesar, The Merchant of Venice, The Lion in Winter ,  Winter of Discontent, Peter and the Starcatcher ,  A Bintel Brief, The Chelmites Capture the Moon .

Assistant to the Director

Huan Bui Regional: As You Like It, Picnic on the Battlefield, Shipwrecked! An Entertainment ! (Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey). University: L ove’s Labour’s Lost , God of Carnage , Marisol, The Laramie Project , In the Book Of…, Tribes (UARK Theatre). Education: MFA in Theatre Directing (University of Arkansas). Huan is a Vietnamese theatre maker and a 2023-2024 Literary and Artistic Fellow at SpeakEasy Stage.  

Lee Nishri-Howitt

Voice Coach

Lee Nishri -Howitt The Huntington: Prayer for the French Republic, The Lehman Trilogy , Romeo and Juliet, The Art of Burning . Regional: Once, Allegiance ( SpeakEasy Stage); The Book of Will, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder (Lyric Stage); Oliver!, Hair, Trayf (New Rep); Little Women, James and the Giant Peach (Wheelock Family Theatre); All is Calm (Greater Boston Stage Company).

John-William Gambrell

Rehearsal Musician/Keyboard 2 Substitute

John-William Gambrell The Huntington:  The Lehman Trilogy  (copyist) .  Other copyist credits:  The Lehman Trilogy  (St. Louis Rep);  Romeo and Juliet, The Tale of Despereaux  (The Old Globe). His original musical,  Toothy’s Treasure , made its Off Broadway workshop debut at the Theater Center in NYC in 2023. A production at the Boston Center for the Arts followed that same year.

Additional Staff for The Band’s Visit

Assisstant Director………………………Dori A. Robinson

Associate Music Director………………Daniel Rodriguez

Dialect Coach……………………………Lee Nishri-Howitt

Intimacy Consultant…………………….Kayleigh Kane

Assistant to the Director………………….Huan Bui

Vocal Coach……………………….David Freeman Coleman

Skating Consultant………………………..Pandora Bassett

Production Assistants……………………………Ross Gray, Kendyl Trott

Carpenters……………………………………..Allie Zalewski Hannah Ashe, Joe Ellard, Max Rocca, Nick Robinette Steven Asaro, Amy West

Automation Run Crew……………………..Charlie Berry

Scenic Artists……………………………………Sam Galvao

Props Artisan………………………………………..Ian Thorsell

Stitcher…………………………………………Sasha Nemi Lato

Wardrobe Run…………………………………..Jennie Fuchs

Wardrobe Swing……………………Katherine Lawrence

Wig Run…………………………………………Kiara Escalera

Season Electrician………………………Violet Gayzagian

Electricians……………………………………Anna Brevetti, Jemma Kepner, Joseph Lark-Riley, Callie Moos, Nick Robinette

Follow Spot Operators……………………Kaitlin Smith, Brian Vlasak

Audio Run A1……………………………..Lexie Lankiewicz

Robb Simring……………………………….Acoustic and Electric Bass Substitute

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Review: ‘The Band’s Visit’ brings its musical poetry to Dolby Theatre

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A musical doesn’t have to make a lot of noise to dazzle. “The Band’s Visit,” the exquisitely delicate Tony-winning show now receiving its Los Angeles premiere at Dolby Theatre, treads lightly across the stage in a hush of magic.

Based on Israeli writer-director Eran Kolirin’s screenplay for his 2007 film of the same title, “The Band’s Visit” follows a group of Egyptian musicians who are stranded overnight in a sleepy desert town in Israel. Strangers in a suspicious land, they don’t expect to be welcomed. But instead of enmity, they find hospitality — their differences bridged first by courtesy, and later, as they get to know each other better, a somber-hued humanity.

Composer and lyricist David Yazbek infuses Itamar Moses ’ book with lyrical poetry. Discreetly flecked rather than dolloped, music provides a vehicle of shared expression for grief, longing and hope — a universal language that recognizes no borders.

The state-of-the-art Dolby, where the production runs through Dec. 19, is an ideal venue for a show that relies on quiet clarity. The theatergoing experience is refreshingly unharried. Spacious enough to comfortably accommodate a crowd, the Dolby manages through the crispness of its sound system and the sharpness of its lighting to feel intimate even at a distance.

And intimacy is essential for “The Band’s Visit,” a musical that moves lightly yet deeply into Chekhovian territory. The tone is playful, almost casual. But some essential truth about life is captured in the insouciant flow.

The scene is drolly set in a few sentences projected onto the stage at the start of the show: “Once not long ago a group of musicians came to Israel from Egypt. You probably didn’t hear about it. It wasn’t very important.”

Insignificance, however, marks the majority of our days. And what doesn’t make headlines turns out to matter a great deal.

The Alexandria Ceremonial Police Orchestra, which was invited to perform at an Arab cultural center in Petah Tikva, is blown off course by a pronunciation error. The band winds up in Bet Hatikva, a fictional backwater that its own residents dismiss as “boring,” “barren” and “bland” in the wry number “Welcome to Nowhere.”

Dina (Janet Dacal), the owner of a café, greets this troupe of men with brusque bemusement. Tewfiq (Sasson Gabay, reprising the role he played in the film), the commander of the orchestra, asks with impeccable manners whether he and his musicians may dine at her establishment. With a businesswoman’s shrug, she consents.

Formality is out of place in Bet Hatikva. “Pick a sandhill of your choosing,” jokes Papi (Coby Getzug), one of the friendlier locals. But Dina is drawn to Tewfiq’s gravity and thinks he looks cute in his powder-blue Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band suit. She offers to find sleeping accommodations for the musicians after breaking the news that there are no more buses today.

The town is reluctant to open its doors, but Dina proves to be as formidable a commander as Tewfiq. She divides the men up, taking Tewfiq and Haled (Joe Joseph), a young romantic trumpet player obsessed with Chet Baker, to her place.

Haled has reason to be nervous. It was his innocent miscommunication that landed the band on the wrong bus. Tewfiq has made his impatience with dreamy-headed Haled loudly known. Haled, however, is like a puppy unable to stop chasing after fun even after getting whacked with a newspaper.

As in a Chekhov play, a busy plot isn’t needed for revelations to emerge. “The Band’s Visit” relies on the alchemy of unexpected encounters. Dina and Tewfiq, ships in the night that aren’t supposed to be in the same waters, discover a shared love of old Egyptian movies, which Dina sings about in a lovely ode appropriately called “Omar Sharif.”

The characters catch glimpses of one another’s souls. Music leads the way by lifting the banal exchanges into a sudden sublime. In one of the most moving instances of this elevation, Simon (James Rana), a clarinetist and aspiring conductor who’s staying with a husband and wife (played by Clay Singer and Kendal Hartse) in the throes of marital problems, soothes their crying baby with some strains from his instrument.

Peace breaks out in this tempestuous household, and suddenly all of the built-up resentments don’t seem all that important. Simon hasn’t been able to finish the concerto he started writing long ago, but his art has done its job of easing the daily suffering.

The unspoken hangs between Dacal’s Dina and Gabay’s Tewfiq as they share a drink in the evening air. An affectionate melancholy fills the gaps in what they have time to say.

Joseph’s Haled radiates a sensual enjoyment, made all the most precious by his awareness that his days of youthful freedom are drawing to a close. The eclectic blend of musical styles — traditional Arab, klezmer and jazz, among them — enhances the cast’s subtle emotional chemistry.

David Cromer’s fluidly directed production glides from the café to domestic settings to a roller disco, all the while keeping tabs on a phone booth, where a forlorn-looking guy (Joshua Grosso) waits eternally for a call from his girlfriend that never seems to come.

The scenic design by Scott Pask has the same jaunty quality as the show itself. The settings are sketched with a simplicity that is more like a diagram than a photograph. Yet the moonlit atmosphere lends this elsewhere a haunting individuality.

At a time when everyone seems to be so angry, conflicts appear to be irresolvable and communion no longer within reach, “The Band’s Visit” is like balm for a tired spirit. The musical touched me deeply when I saw it on Broadway in 2017, but after such a long period away from the theater, I found the show even more profoundly affecting.

Operating on a subtler-than-usual Broadway frequency, Yazbek and Moses’ musical drama invites us to transcend our rifts. I didn’t realize how badly I needed “The Band’s Visit,” but this gift of a show has arrived in just the nick of time.

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Where: Dolby Theatre, 6801 Hollywood Blvd., L.A. When: 8 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sundays. Ends Dec. 19 Tickets: Start at $30 (subject to change) Contact: 1-800-982-2787 or or Running time: 1 hour, 40 minutes Also Segerstrom Center for the Arts March 22-April 3 at

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