Atlantic Theater Company’s production of The Band’s Visit by David Yazbek and Itamar Moses, directed by David Cromer, has won 10 Tony Awards, including Best Musical! Click for tickets and info.
2018 TONY AWARD WINS:
Best Musical | Best Score, David Yazbek | Best Book, Itamar Moses | Best Direction, David Cromer | Best Actress, Katrina Lenk | Best Actor, Tony Shalhoub | Best Featured Actor, Ari’el Stachel | Best Lighting Design, Tyler Micoleau | Best Sound Design, Kai Harada | Best Orchestrations, Jamshied Sharifi
The New York Times Critics’ Pick
“THE SHOW ABOUNDS WITH SIGNS OF NEW AND EXCITING LIFE IN THE CONTEMPORARY AMERICAN MUSICAL! ONE OF THE SEASON’S MOST EXQUISITELY WROUGHT SCORES. THERE’S NOT A PERFORMANCE, OR A SUNG NOTE, THAT FEELS OUT OF KEY. THE MUSIC TAKES ON A TRANSCENDENT HARMONIC SHIMMER THAT STOPS THE HEART.”
– Ben Brantley, The New York Times
The World Premiere of The Band’s Visit was presented as part of our 2016|2017 season:
World Premiere Musical
THE BAND’S VISIT
music & lyrics by DAVID YAZBEK (Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels)
book by ITAMAR MOSES (Fortress of Solitude, Completeness)
based on the screenplay by ERAN KOLIRIN
directed by DAVID CROMER (Tribes, Our Town, Atlantic’s Women or Nothing)
November 11, 2016 – January 8, 2017
Linda Gross Theater | 336 West 20th St.
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. A new musical based on the critically acclaimed screenplay which received 36 major international awards.
The Band’s Visit 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 CRITICS RAVED:
“THE SEASON’S BEST NEW MUSICAL! THIS PERFECT JEWEL OF A SHOW could not be a better agent of hope in a time desperately in need of it. THE SHOW FEATURES THE BEST SCORE YET FROM DAVID YAZBEK. THE BAND’S VISIT IS VERY, VERY IMPORTANT.”
– Jeremy Gerard, Deadline
“The Band’s Visit is REMARKABLY FRESH AND REVELATORY. We leave the Atlantic Theater with our SENSES FLUSH AND TINGLING.”
– David Cote, Time Out New York
“ATLANTIC THEATER COMPANY BEGAN THE YEAR WITH 2016’S BEST NEW PLAY, HOLD ON TO ME DARLING, AND IT GOES OUT WITH THE YEAR’S BEST NEW MUSICAL, THE BAND’S VISIT!”
– Robert Hofler, The Wrap
“Mr. Cromer, AMERICA’S GREATEST STAGE DIRECTOR, has once again worked his customary ALL-BUT-INVISIBLE MIRACLES.”
– Terry Teachout, The Wall Street Journal
“ACHINGLY WONDERFUL. “Nothing is as beautiful as something you don’t expect,” someone says near dawn. WE AGREE!”
– Linda Winter, Newsday
“PERFECT is the wrong word for such a rangy, unusual musical. BUT IT’LL JUST HAVE TO DO.”
– Jesse Green, New York Magazine (Vulture)
“ONE OF THE BEST MUSICALS OF 2016! IT’S A TRIUMPH.”
– Michael Glitz, The Huffington Post
“Yazbek and Moses have MADE MAGIC.”
– Marilyn Stasio, Variety
GEORGE ABUD (Camal). Proud Lebanese-American actor. Broadway: Karl Schell in The Visit starring Chita Rivera and Roger Rees (Tony-nom. Best Musical; OBC Recording). Upcoming International: World Premiere of Mohammed Fairouz and David Ignatius’s The New Prince with Kelsey Grammer (Dutch National Opera, Amsterdam). Off-Broadway: Peer Gynt opposite Gabriel Ebert, Nathan The Wise opposite F. Murray Abraham, and Allegro directed by John Doyle (Classic Stage Company). Regional/NY: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Puck, Geva Theatre Center), Fiddler on the Roof (Human Race Theatre), Man of La Mancha and Oliver Twist (Shakespeare Theatre of NJ), The Other Shore (Sonnet Repertory Theatre). Solo-Cabaret: Change Partners: A Broadway Love Affair at Birdland, Never Been Young at 54 Below. This performance is for my mother Paulette, with great love to my father, my Sitto and my Erica. “Music is the language of the spirit. It opens the secret of life, bringing peace, abolishing strife.”
BILL ARMY (Zelger) is so excited to be making his Atlantic Theater Company debut! Broadway: Act One (Lincoln Center Theater, directed by James Lapine); Relatively Speaking, an evening of three one-act plays by Ethan Coen, Elaine May, and Woody Allen, directed by John Turturro. Off-Broadway: The Changeling (Red Bull Theater); Old Jews Telling Jokes; All’s Well That Ends Well and Measure for Measure (The Public Theater). Company Member of the Potomac Theater Project since 2007: Scenes from an Execution (opposite Jan Maxwell), Vinegar Tom, Gertrude – The Cry, The Europeans, and No End of Blame. TV: “Deadbeat” (Hulu), “Cohab” (Webseries). MFA: NYU. Bill dedicates his work to his new son or daughter who is due to arrive possibly before the end of the run of this show, and his wife, Jessica!
JOHN CARIANI (Itzik). Broadway: Something Rotten! (OCC nom.); Fiddler on the Roof (Tony nom.; OCC Award). Off-Broadway: Almost, Maine (Transport Group); Two Gentlemen of Verona (The Public/NYSF); Modern Orthodox; It’s My Party. Regional: Williamstown, The Old Globe, Center Theatre Group, Barrington Stage, Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival. Television: Recent guest stars on Blacklist, The Good Wife, and Homeland. Recurring roles on Law & Order (CSU Tech Beck), Numb3rs, and The Onion News Network. Several films. Playwright: Almost, Maine; Last Gas; LOVE/SICK, all available through DPS. Proud AEA member.
KATRINA LENK (Dina). Broadway: Once, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, The Miracle Worker. Off-Broadway: Indecent (Vineyard Theatre), Touch (59E59), Last Dance (York Theatre). Regional includes: Indecent (Yale and LaJolla Rep), iWitness (Mark Taper Forum), Elemeno Pea, Cloudlands, Caucasian Chalk Circle (South Coast Rep), Camille (Bard Summerscape), Lost Land (Steppenwolf Theater), and Lovelace: A Rock Opera (LA Weekly, LADCC and Garland Award winner). Film/TV: Look Away, Evol: The Theory of Love, FracKtured, “Elementary,” “The Get Down,” and “The Blacklist.” Co-creator of the comedy web series “Miss Teri” and a member of several bands including her own, moxy phinx. www.katrinalenk.com
ERIK LIBERMAN (Telephone Guy) recently originated the roles of Charles Revson in War Paint with Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole and Clopin in Disney’s Hunchback of Notre Dame. He debuted on Broadway in LoveMusik directed by Harold Prince and originated roles in Somewhere in Time and Reefer Madness! (Ovation and Garland Awards). After touring North America in Fiddler on the Roof opposite Topol and Harvey Fierstein, he co-created and performed in Raising the Roof, an all-star, 50th anniversary Fiddler celebration at Town Hall. Additional credits include the New York premiere of Dani Girl, choreography for Mabou Mines Dollhouse, Carol Burnett’s Hollywood Arms in concert at Merkin Hall, revivals of Into the Woods (CT Critics Circle Award) and Merrily We Roll Along (Helen Hayes Award), and appearances as Groucho Marx Off-Broadway and at The White House. Recent TV: “Vinyl,” “Unforgettable,” and “The Knick.” Erik is a Moth storyteller, winner of the Lotte Lenya Competition for Singers and co-author of Wisdom from an Empty Mind. @erikliberman www.erikliberman.org
ANDREW POLK (Avrum) New York: Burning, Mouth To Mouth and The Accomplices (Drama Desk Nomination, The New Group), Diner The Musical (workshop), Walmartopia (Minetta Lane), The Green Zone (Lincoln Center), Flight (Lortel), Vick’s Boy (Rattlestick), among others. Regional: The Homecoming, Speed-The-Plow (A.C.T.), At Home At The Zoo (Philadelphia Theatre Co.), A New War (Long Wharf), Dinner with Friends (Alley Theatre), Angels in America (Alliance), Arena Stage, Actors Theatre of Louisville, among many others. Film: The Humbling, Rebel In The Rye (2017 release), About Ray (2017 release), Norman, The Moderate Rise… (2017 release), Jamie Marks Is Dead, Love Is Strange, Shelter among others. TV: “House of Cards” (Harry Marshall – Season 4&5), “Madame Secretary,” “Hell On Wheels,” “The Good Wife,” “Blue Bloods,” “Person of Interest,” “The Blacklist,” “The Closer,” “30 Rock,” all “Law & Order” shows, among others. Training: London’s Webber-Douglas Academy (Fulbright Scholar). Associate Artist at A.C.T. Founder of The Cape Cod Theatre Project.
RACHEL PRATHER (Julia). National tours: Once (Girl standby); Peter and the Starcatcher (u/s Molly/Ted/Prentiss/Bumbrake). Regional: Fiddler on the Roof; Nine. Graduate of the Boston Conservatory. Thanks to God, my family, Jeremy, and CGF. Proud member of AEA.
JONATHAN RAVIV (Sammy). New York work includes: Martyrs Street at Theater for the New City, The Ragged Claws at Cherry Lane, Lies My Father Told Me with the National Yiddish Theatre and My Name Is Asher Lev at the Westside Theatre (Outer Critics Circle award for Best Play). Other regional credits include: The Boy Who Danced On Air at Diversionary Theatre (World Premiere), Love’s Labour’s Lost at Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Fiddler on the Roof with the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Oklahoma! at Portland Center Stage, Homebody/Kabul with Curious Theatre Company, Arabian Nights at Berkeley Rep., The Chosen at Chicago’s Writers’ Theatre, Lady Madeline at Steppenwolf Theatre and The Light In The Piazza at both Arena Stage & Goodman Theatre. Television credits include: “The Blacklist,” “Zero Hour,” and “Pan Am.”
SHARONE SAYEGH (Anna) is honored to be making her Atlantic debut in The Band’s Visit. As an actor of Israeli/Iraqi descent, it’s incredibly exciting to bring this new Middle Eastern musical to life. Broadway: Mamma Mia!. Off Broadway: Title role in Scheherazade (Prospect Theater Co) and the world premiere of The Wildness (Ars Nova). Regional: Maria Elena in Buddy (The Muny), Aouda in 80 Days (Florida Rep), Vidya in Disconnect (San Jose Rep, BACC Nom.). Workshops: Margaritaville (Dir. Christopher Ashley), Hazel (Dir. Lucie Arnaz), Sheila Levine (Dir. Susan Stroman), Hooray For Iceboy (Dir. John Rando), War is F*cking Awesome (Dir. Leisl Tommy), Bengal Tiger… (Lark). BFA: Syracuse University. This one’s for Eema, Abba, ha mishpacha, and her Yossi. sharonesayegh.com @sharonesayegh
TONY SHALHOUB (Tewfiq) recently appeared Off Broadway at Lincoln Center in The Mystery of Love & Sex opposite Diane Lane and starred on Broadway in Act One and Golden Boy, receiving Tony Award nominations for both performances. He is a Golden Globe Award-winning actor with a diverse resumé of engaging roles and perhaps best known for his starring role as the obsessive-compulsive detective Adrian Monk in the hit television series “Monk,” for which he won a Golden Globe Award and three Primetime Emmy Awards. Additional television credits include “Nurse Jackie,” “Too Big to Fail,” “Wings” and “BrainDead,” a CBS summer series created by Michelle and Robert King. Feature film credits include Big Night, The Siege, Galaxy Quest, Men in Black, Men in Black II and Pain & Gain. Shalhoub voiced the character of Luigi in the popular animated movies Cars and Cars II, and he will reprise his role in the upcoming Cars III. He voiced the role of Splinter in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle movie franchise. Recently, he completed filming Tomboy, starring Michelle Rodriguez and Sigourney Weaver and Final Portrait with Geoffrey Rush and Armie Hammer, directed by Stanley Tucci.