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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
ASHLEY-ROSE GALLIGAN (Assistant Stage Manager). Off-Broadway: The Flick, The Effect (Barrow Street Theatre); The Nether (MCC); Scene From A Marriage (NYTW); Your Mother’s Copy of the Kama Sutra, Far From Heaven, The Flick, The Whale (Playwrights Horizons); Cheri, Kung Fu (Signature); The Muscles in Our Toes (Labyrinth); Preludes ( Workshop, LCT3); Alec Baldwin: A Musical Tribute Gala (Roundabout). Regional: Huntington Theatre Company, ArtsEmerson, Contemporary American Theatre Festival. Other: NBC’s Peter Pan Live!. B.F.A. Stage Management, Emerson College.