The Band's Visit
About The Band's Visit
In "The Band’s Visit", a mix-up sends a group of Egyptian musicians to a remote Israeli town. When the locals take them in for the night, their lives intertwine in the most unexpected ways.
Fate brought them to town. Their music brought it to life.
Winner of four Best Musical awards, and now honored on every major Best of the Year list, "The Band’s Visit" rejoices in the deeply human ways music, longing and laughter can bring us all together. The New York Times cheers, “It’s time to fall in love with one of the most ravishing musicals ever. ‘Feel Something Different’—that’s the heart-clutching sensation that throbs throughout this miraculous show.”
This intimate, charming musical will transport you to another world, where isolation begets community, and the soaring music from a far-off land might just remind you of home. Based on the 2007 Israeli film written and directed by Eran Kolin, “The Band’s Visit” had its world premiere off Broadway at Atlantic Theater Company in 2016. The musical has a book by Itamar Moses, score by David Yazbek, and is directed by David Cromer. The story follows a touring Egyptian police band on its way to perform at the cultural center in Petah Tikva in Israel. When they board the wrong bus to Bet Hatikva, a stranded desert town with only one pay phone on its barren streets, their route converges with a lively group of locals. What could have been a disaster turns into an evening of camaraderie, as the locals take in the band members and introduce them to the culture and community of the town. Sometimes when you are feeling the most lost and alone, a stranger — or a group of them — can make you feel like the world is whole and good again. “The New York Times” raved that the show is “one of the most ravishing musicals you will ever be seduced by,” and says that “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.” So take time to find beauty in imperfections, comfort in isolation, and meaning in the insignificance.
What To Watch For
- The creative team and some of the cast visited Yeruham, the Israeli town that inspired Bet Hatikva, before rehearsals for Broadway began.
- Composer/lyricist David Yazbek says that Katrina Lenk’s performance of “Omar Sharif” is one of his favorite renditions of any of his songs.
- When “The Band’s Visit” premiered at Atlantic Theatre Company, the show won several honors, including the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Musical, Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Off-Broadway Musical, and Best Musical from the New York Drama Critics Circle.
- “The Band’s Visit” marks Tony Shalhoub’s first musical on Broadway. The Golden Globe and Emmy-winning actor has previously only appeared in plays.
- Stay after the curtain call is over: The band takes the stage and plays an encore.
90 minutes, no intermission
Recommended for 12 + Children under the age of 4 are not permitted in the theatre.
243 West 47th Street, New York, NY 10036
The Ethel Barrymore Theatre is the only surviving theatre of the many Lee and J.J. Shubert built for performers who were affiliated with them. Ethel Barrymore was part of the renowned Barrymore acting dynasty, and her tremendous popularity in New York and London society established her as a household name in the US and England. She had achieved stardom under the management of producer Charles Frohman beginning in 1901. In 1928, the Shuberts offered to build her a theatre and commission a play for her to premiere in her namesake house.