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 NOMINATIONS:
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 Scenic Design, Scott Pask | 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
KRISTEN SIEH (Iris) is a founding member of The TEAM, with whom she has written and performed numerous new works, including RoosevElvis (The Royal Court, Walker Arts Center, The A.R.T., The Vineyard, etc.). Other credits include: The Public Theater (Fortress of Solitude, February House), Classic Stage Company (Iphigenia in Anne Washburn’s Iphigenia in Aulis), The Foundry (O, Earth), Half Straddle (Ghost Rings), Pig Iron (Viola in Twelfth Night), Ripe Time (The World is Round at BAM), Elevator Repair Service (Gatz, The Sound and the Fury, etc.), Playwrights Horizons/Clubbed Thumb (Men on Boats), Banana, Bag & Bodice (Beowulf: A Thousand Years of Baggage), The Builders Association, The New Group, The O’Neill Center, The 52nd St. Project, and others. Regional credits include Syracuse Stage, Denver Center Theater, Long Wharf, and Baltimore CenterStage. Television: “House of Cards,” “Orange is the New Black,” “The Blacklist,” “Boardwalk Empire” and “Law & Order.”
ARI’EL STACHEL (Haled). Atlantic Debut! Stage work includes the workshop of The Visitor (Public Theater), We Live in Cairo (Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center), and The Golem of Havana (Barrington Stage Company). TV/Film work include a guest starring role on “Blue Bloods” (CBS), “Jessica Jones” (Netflix), and most recently an appearance in the upcoming feature film “Can Hitler Happen Here?” Huge thanks to Tara Rubin and Nicolosi & Co. Proud New Studio graduate at NYU. arielstachel.com and @arielstachel
DANIEL DAVID STEWART (Papi) is thrilled to be making his Atlantic Theater Company debut with this incredible cast and crew. He recently finished making his Broadway debut in Deaf West’s Spring Awakening, voicing the role of Ernst. Theater credits include: Hally in “Master Harold”…and the Boys, Wally Webb in Our Town also directed by David Cromer, Finn Frey in Intelligence-Slave, John Taplow in The Browning Version, and most recently Peotr in Fathers and Sons w/ Alfred Molina, all with LA Theatre Works. Belfry (Dominic), The Burnt Part Boys (Pete), Sixty Miles To Silverlake (Denny), Little Miss Scrooge (Smike), Metamorphisis (Phaeton) and The Lion in Winter (Prince John). Film/TV credits include: “Kids Vs. Monsters,” “The Sound of Magic,” “K.C. Undercover,” “Incident(s) at Paradise Bay,” “The Middle,” “Goodwin Games,” “Man Up!” and “Cougar Town.” Along with his acting, Daniel is an avid Screenwriter and aspiring filmmaker. As always, love to his family. Daniel is a proud member of AEA and SAG/AFTRA. www.danielstewart.me @daniestew
ALOK TEWARI (Simon). Theatre includes Awake and Sing! (Public / NAATCO); The Queen, Martyrs Street, Blind Angels (Theater for the New City); A Fable, Through the Yellow Hour, War (Rattlestick); Bunty Berman Presents, Rafta, Rafta…, Marie and Bruce (The New Group); Night Over Erzinga, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo (Lark); Masked (Buenos Aires); Inana (Denver Center); Betrothed (Ripe Time) and Marco Polo (The Group, Argentina). Television: “Royal Pains,” “House of Cards,” “The Blacklist,” “Deadbeat,” “Blue Bloods,” “30 Rock,” “Homeland,” “Fringe,” “Law & Order,” “L&O: CI,” “L&O: SVU,” “Guiding Light.” Film: Shelter, Brooklyn’s Finest, Emily & Tim.
DAVID YAZBEK (Music & Lyrics). A varied career as a recording artist, Emmy Award®-winning TV and screenwriter, music producer, and pianist has somehow led Yazbek to become one of Broadway’s preeminent composer/lyricists. His three shows, The Full Monty, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown have received a combined 24 Tony Award® nominations, including three for Best Score. As a recording artist, Yazbek is responsible for five albums: The Laughing Man, Tock, Damascus, Tape Recorder and Evil Monkey Man. He has written and/or produced for such acts as XTC, Ruben Blades, The Persuasions, Joe Jackson, Tito Puente and many others. He also produced the original cast albums of his Broadway shows. He has three Grammy Award® nominations. In the past couple of years, he has scored the final season of HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire,” composed music for Larry David’s Fish in the Dark and written songs and music for Much Ado About Nothing at Central Park’s Delacorte Theater, all while opening productions of Scoundrels and Women on the Verge in London’s West End. In past lives, he has written dozens of scripts and many songs for television and film, won an Emmy Award® for his stint on “Late Night with David Letterman” and wrote the unrelenting theme song for “Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?” David is seven.
ITAMAR MOSES (Book) 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) and Fortress of Solitude (with Michael Friedman); and the evening of short plays Love/Stories (or But You Will Get Used to It). His work has appeared Off-Broadway, at regional theaters across the country and in Canada, Hong Kong, Israel, and Venezuela, and is published by Faber & Faber and Samuel French. He has received new play commissions from The McCarter Theater, Playwrights Horizons, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, The Wilma Theater, South Coast Rep, Manhattan Theatre Club, Lincoln Center and The Goodman Theatre. On television, Itamar has written for both TNT’s “Men of a Certain Age” and HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire.” Itamar holds an MFA in Dramatic Writing from NYU and has taught playwriting at Yale and NYU.
DAVID CROMER (Director). Recent credits include: The Effect (Barrow Street Theatre), Come Back, Little Sheba (Huntington Theatre), Angels in America (Kansas City Rep) and Our Town at the Almeida Theatre in London. NY Credits include: Women or Nothing at Atlantic Theater Company, Really Really at MCC, The House of Blue Leaves and Brighton Beach Memoirs on Broadway, When the Rain Stops Falling and Nikolai and the Others at Lincoln Center Theater. Also at the Barrow Street Theatre he has directed Tribes, Our Town and Orson’s Shadow as well as Adding Machine, which was a BST production at the Minetta Lane. Originally from Chicago, his credits there include Sweet Bird of Youth (The Goodman); A Streetcar Named Desire, Picnic and The Price (Writers Theatre); Cherrywood, Mojo, and The Hot l Baltimore (Mary-Arrchie); The Cider House Rules (co-directed with Marc Grapey at Famous Door); and Angels in America (The Journeymen); among others. For Michael Ira Cromer (1966-2015).
SCOTT PASK (Scenic Designer). Atlantic Theater Company: The Lieutenant of Inishmore, The Beginning of August, The Cherry Orchard. Additional Credits: The Book of Mormon (Tony Award), Something Rotten! (Outer Critics nomination), Waitress, Oh Hello!, Blackbird, The Father, An Act of God, It’s Only a Play, The Visit (Drama Desk nom.), Airline Highway, Finding Neverland, Pippin (Tony Award Nom.), Nine, The Pillowman (Tony Award), Casa Valentina, I’ll Eat You Last with Bette Midler, A Steady Rain with Hugh Jackman and Daniel Craig, A Behanding in Spokane, The Coast of Utopia (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Hewes Awards), Promises Promises, Hair, Pal Joey (Tony Nom), Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Tony Nom., Drama Desk Award), Speed-the-Plow, Take Me Out, and Urinetown. London/UK: West End, National Theatre, Donmar Warehouse, Old Vic, Almeida Theatre, Opera North, Chichester Festival Theatre. Also: Peter Grimes (Metropolitan Opera), Cirque du Soleil’s Amaluna. With David Cromer: The House of Blue Leaves, Tribes.
SARAH LAUX (Costume Designer). Broadway: The Humans, Fully Committed. Off Broadway/regional: The Effect (Barrow Street Theatre); Empathitrax (Colt Coer); Thresh/Hold (Pilobolus Dance Theater); Come Back, Little Sheba (Huntington Theatre Company); Women or Nothing (Atlantic Theater Company); Really Really (MCC); Baby Screams Miracle (Clubbed Thumb). Broadway Associate design credits include An Act of God, The Last Ship, If/Then, War Horse (U.S.), The Performers. Feature Film: Freak Show, directed by Trudie Stylers.
TYLER MICOLEAU (Lighting Designer). Atlantic Theater: Dreams of Flying Dreams of Falling, Oohrah!, Anon, The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow, The Night Heron, Dublin Carol, Mojo. Recent Off- Broadway: The Effect (Barrow Street), Iowa, Familiar, Antlia Pneumatica (Playwrights Horizons, Drama Desk nom.), First Daughter Suite (Public), Pike St. (Epic Theatre Ensemble), King Liz (Second Stage), The World of Extreme Happiness (MTC). Other notable Off-Broadway: When The Rain Stops Falling (Lincoln Center Theater, Lucille Lortel Award), Blasted (Soho Rep., American Theatre Wing Hewes Award), Bug (Lucille Lortel and OBIE Awards). Regional: La Jolla, Arena, Huntington, Alley, Goodman, ART, Trinity Rep, Old Globe, Dallas Theater Center, Long Wharf, among many others. 2010 OBIE Award for Sustained Excellence.