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The Band’s Visit

music & lyrics by david yazbek

book by itamar moses

Based on the screenplay by eran kolirin

directed by david cromer

Linda Gross Theater

November 11, 2016 – January 8, 2017

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.

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10 Tony Awards, including Best Musical!

Tony Award | Best Musical

Tony Award | Best Score | David Yazbek

Tony Award | Best Book | Itamar Moses

Tony Award | Best Direction | David Cromer

Tony Award | Best Actress | Katrina Lenk

Tony Award | Best Actor | Tony Shalhoub

Tony Award | Best Featured Actor | Ari’el Stachel

Tony Award | Best Lighting Design | Tyler Micoleau

Tony Award | Best Sound Design | Kai Harada

Tony Award | Best Orchestrations | Jamshied Sharifi

Drama Desk Award | Outstanding Director of a Musical | David Cromer
Drama Desk Award | Outstanding Lyrics | David Yazbek
Drama Desk Award | Outstanding Music | David Yazbek

Drama Desk Award | Outstanding Sound Design in a Musical | Kai Harada

Off-Broadway Awards

Lucille Lortel Award | Outstanding Musical
Lucille Lortel Award | Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical | Katrina Lenk

Drama League Award | Outstanding Production of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Musical

OBIE Award | Musical Theater

OBIE Award | Direction | David Cromer
Outer Critics’ Circle | Outstanding New Off-Broadway Musical

Outer Critics’ Circle | Outstanding New Score | David Yazbek
New York Drama Critics Circle | Best Musical

Theatre World Award | Katrina Lenk

Hewes Design Award | Lighting Design | Tyler Micoleau
Joe A. Callaway Award | Excellence in Directing | David Cromer

Dramatists Guild Frederick Loewe Award | Dramatic Composition | David Yazbek

Atlantic Reviews

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“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 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


“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


“Perfect is the wrong word for such a rangy, unusual musical. But it’ll just have to do.

Jesse Green, New York Magazine/Vulture

Photos by Ahron R. Foster


study guide

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