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.Synopsis complet
Based on the 2007 Israeli film of the same name
Génèse du musical
The original production premiered in Off-Broadway previews at the Atlantic Theater Company on November 11, 2016, had its official opening on December 8, 2016, and closed on January 8, 2017. The musical was developed and produced with support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Laurents/Hatcher Foundation, and the National Alliance for Musical Theatre’s National Fund for New Musicals. The musical was directed by David Cromer with choreography by Patrick McCollum and movement by Lee Sher and starred Tony Shalhoub, Katrina Lenk, and John Cariani.
The musical began previews on Broadway on October 7, 2017, at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre prior to an official opening on November 9, 2017.
On September 10, 2018, the producers announced that it had recouped its $8.75 million capitalization cost.
Liste des chansons
Based on the tracklist from the cast recording released on December 15, 2017
"Overture" – The Band
"Waiting" – The Residents of Bet Hatikva
"Welcome to Nowhere" – Dina, Itzik, Papi
"It Is What It Is" – Dina
"Beat Of Your Heart" – Avrum, Itzik, Simon, Camal
"Soraya" – The Band (added for Broadway, replacing "Aziza")
"Omar Sharif" – Dina
"Haj-Butrus" – The Band
"Papi Hears the Ocean" – Papi
"Haled's Song About Love" – Haled, Papi
"The Park" (Dialogue Track) – Dina, Tewfiq
"Itgara'a" – Tewfiq
"Something Different" – Dina, Tewfiq
"Itzik's Lullaby" – Itzik and Camal (Camal added for Broadway)
"Something Different" (Reprise) – Dina
"Answer Me" – Telephone Guy and Ensemble
"The Concert" – The Band
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In the review of the Off-Broadway production, the Huffington Post called the musical "exquisite", noting that Itamar Moses and David Yazbek have "created a small, touching show... [with] character depth and strong sense of place."
According to Forbes, by October 2017, the Broadway show was "making a great impression" with critics with its first seven performances. The Broadway production, which featured a revised script and score, was praised by the Twin Cities Arts Reader as "one of the best new musicals of the year, gifted with a beautiful score and touching performances." The New York Times said it was "one of the most ravishing musicals you will ever be seduced by," and also "a Broadway rarity seldom found these days outside of the canon of Stephen Sondheim: an honest-to-God musical for grown-ups." It also praised the adaptation for the bigger stage, due to an "impeccably coordinated creative team." Deadline also gave the musical a positive review. The review's only criticism was that seating at a far distance in the new theater made the sound somewhat muddled and sight lines limited.
The Chicago Tribune gave the "weird new Broadway musical" a very positive review and said it was a "remarkable and boundlessly compassionate and humanistic piece of theater." Tablet Magazine thought it was "terrific." Entertainment Weekly also reviewed The Band's Visit positively, praising Katrina Lenk's portrayal of the cafe owner Dina as "dazzling." It gave the production an A-, and said it is "understated, probably better described as charming than life-altering, but its scale reinforces the moral themes of the musical itself." The Washington Post observed that "producers unaffiliated with the show say they are heartened by its run," as the "almost minimalist" production was doing well despite not having what seemed to be "a lot of overt commercial potential."
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