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Winner of 2 Lucille Lortel Awards (including Outstanding Musical), 2 Outer Critics Circle Awards (including Outstanding New Off-Broadway Musical), 2 OBIE Awards (including the Award for Musical Theater) and the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Musical!
BEST OF 2016!
Deadline | Newsday | NY Post | The Hollywood Reporter | The Huffington Post | The Bergen Record | The Wall Street Journal | The Wrap | Time Out New York
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, 2017 – 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
MAYA CIARROCCHI (Projections Content Designer) is a New York City based interdisciplinary artist and projections designer. Her work has been exhibited nationally and abroad and in such New York venues as the Anthology Film Archives, The Chocolate Factory, The Invisible Dog, JACK, and New York Live Arts. She has been an artist in residence at the Baryshnikov Arts Center, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and the Ucross Foundation and has received project funding from the Franklin Furnace Fund, the Jerome and Puffin Foundations and the MAP Fund. She is the recipient of a Jeff and New York Dance and Performance Award (Bessie) for projections design and has collaborated with choreographers and directors such as Ping Chong, David Cromer, Merce Cunningham, Kristin Marting and Talvin Wilks among many others.
FIVE OHM (Projection System Designer). Founded by Graham Johnson, Five OHM is thrilled to be a part of this production at Atlantic Theater Company. Five OHM Productions is a full service theatrical support company that designs and builds audio and video systems for productions in a wide range of theaters and event spaces. With a talented staff of seasoned and jovial technicians and designers that span all disciplines, Five OHM has collaborated on hundreds of shows in New York City since 2006. The Video Production team includes: Video Designer, Luke Norby; Production Video, Adam Bishop, and Assistant Production Video, Don Cieslik.
CHARLES LAPOINTE (Wig Designer). More than 50 Broadway shows including Holiday Inn, On Your Feet!, Hamilton, Doctor Zhivago, The Color Purple, Of Mice and Men, Violet, Side Show, The Elephant Man, After Midnight, Beautiful, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, Motown, Jekyll & Hyde, Clybourne Park, Bring It On, Newsies, The Mountaintop, Memphis, Lombardi, Fences, In the Heights, Jersey Boys, A Raisin in the Sun. Television: “The Wiz Live!” (Emmy nomination.)
MOUNA R’MIKI (Dialect Coach) is very happy to collaborate with Atlantic Theater for the first time and honored to be part of The Band’s Visit adventure. She is an actor as well as a dialect coach for Arabic, Spanish and French. She has been working on various multicultural and multilingual projects. Recent credits as an actress include Othello in A Study in Othello (Central Park), Marina in Usual Girls (Signature, Ensemble Theater), Micheline/Josephine in Rest Upon The Wind (Skirball Center of Perf. Arts). She co-wrote, co-produced and acted in Nowhere/Now Here directed by John Gould Rubin & Kat Yen (Theaterlab). Film: Sara in The Guest (Festival circuit: “Special Mention Award of Merit” at the LA Best Shorts Competition / Castell Award at the Barcelona Film Festival), SAGA (Tangier Film Festival official selection). TV: “La Recette de l’Amour” (2M TV Morocco). Stella Adler Studio of Acting Conservatory program.
PATRICK MCCOLLUM (Choreography). Credits include Oh, Hello! (Broadway and Cherry Lane Theatre), Rain (Old Globe), Unknown Soldier (Williamstown Theatre Festival), Wilderness (Abrons Arts Center). As associate choreographer on Broadway: The Last Ship, Peter and the Starcatcher, and Rocky; Wicked (North American dance supervisor); Off-Broadway: Murder Ballad (Manhattan Theatre Club, associate choreographer); Permission (MCC, movement consultant).
ANDREA GRODY (Music Director). Recent projects include the world premieres of Cake Off at the Signature Theatre in Arlington, VA and the Bucks County Playhouse; The Fortress of Solitude at Dallas Theater Center and the Public Theater; Unknown Soldier at the WIlliamstown Theatre Festival; and Love’s Labour’s Lost at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park; and the regional premieres of The Great Immensity and Venice at the Public Theater. Other favorites include Robin Hood at Williamstown (as Composer/Music Director) and Tectonic Theater Project’s Carmen: An Afro-Cuban Jazz Musical with Moisés Kaufman and Arturo O’Farrill. Upcoming: Assassins at Yale Rep. Andrea’s writing credits include the full-length musical Strange Faces and several songs for The Civilians’ Let Me Ascertain You series. She is an Associate Voice Teacher at New York Vocal Coaching. B.A. Princeton University, M.A. Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
LEE SHER (Movement) began her acting career at the age of seven, performing on Israeli television. At the age of 15, she was accepted to the High School of Arts in Tel Aviv. Lee joined the Israeli Army at 18, and served in the parachuters unit. Following her Army service, Lee studied at the three-year acting studio of Nisan Native in Tel Aviv. She received scholarships from the American-Israeli Foundation with excellence between the years 1998-2000. In 2000, Lee established LeeSaar The Company with Saar Harari. The Company received a scholarship from the Mosman Art Gallery in Sydney, Australia, where she wrote and directed the play, Ester. The play was selected to open the spring season of the City Hall Theater of Tel Aviv and was performed there for two years. Lee moved to New York City with LeeSaar The Company, and received the American green card for extraordinary achievement in the performing arts. NYFA fellow in choreography. Lee has been commissioned to create dance for her company for the last 10 years. Her company performed at the Jacobs Pillow dance festival, American Dance Festival, The Joyce Theater, The Baryshnikov Center, Mass Moca and more. Lee worked as physical director on The Miracle Worker revival on Broadway. Lee is a Gaga teacher.
JAMSHIED SHARIFI (Orchestrations) is a New York-based composer, producer, and keyboardist. He has composed the scores for the feature films Harriet The Spy, Down To Earth, Clockstoppers, and Muppets From Space, as well as contributing music to numerous other films and television shows. As a producer, arranger, and keyboardist, he has recorded and/or performed with Paula Cole, Ray Charles, Dream Theater, Laurie Anderson, Hassan Hakmoun, and many others. Recent projects include composing Awakening, a long-form piece for the M.I.T. Wind Ensemble; arrangements for the Montreal Symphony and the National Symphony; and orchestrations for Sting’s Broadway musical The Last Ship.
DEAN SHARENOW (Music Contractor) works as both a music contractor and record producer/engineer. His Broadway credits include Sting’s The Last Ship and David Yazbek’s Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, as well as Twelfth Night, The Total Bent, Fortress of Solitude, Much Ado About Nothing (all The Public Theater), and Burleigh Grimes (New World Stages). He also serves as contractor-in-residence at the Public. Dean’s recording engineer and producer credits include The Great Comet, Old Hats, Preludes, Fortress of Solitude, Women On The Verge…, and Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, as well as solo albums for Shaina Taub, David Sanborn, Stephen Lynch, David Yazbek, Joan Baez, and Jonatha Brooke. He is a Grammy Award nominee for Best Album Engineering.
RICHARD A. HODGE (Stage Manager). Off-Broadway: Women or Nothing (Atlantic Theater); The Effect, Every Brilliant Thing, Tribes, Our Town, Adding Machine: A Musical, BUG, Mistakes Were Made, Orson’s Shadow, Red Light Winter (Barrow Street Theatre); Iow@, Kindness (Playwrights Horizons); Nikolia and the Others, When The Rain Stops Falling (Lincoln Center Mitzi Newhouse); The Valley of The Astonishment (Theatre for a New Audience); The Heir Apparent (Classic Stage Company); Killer Joe, Underneath The Lintel (Soho Playhouse). Other New York: Stop The Virgens (St. Ann’s Warehouse). Los Angeles: Tribes (Mark Taper), Our Town (The Broad). International: Stop The Virgens (Sydney Opera House); Girl Blog From Iraq: Baghdad Burning (Pleasance Courtyard: Edinburgh). TYKAC.