Planned for spring 2016, The Band's Visit is based on Eran Kolirin's multi-award-winning hit film about an Egyptian Police Band which arrives in Israel to play a concert. Following a mix-up at the border, they are sent to a remote village in the middle of nowhere where they are taken in by the locals and forge unexpected connections.
The show has music and lyrics by three time Tony Award nominee Yazbek (Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Full Monty), and a book adapted by Drama Desk Award nominee Itamar Moses (Completeness) and directed by 21-time Tony Award winner Prince.
It will play the Atlantic's Linda Gross Theater, 336 W. 20th Street, at specific dates to be announced.
The Band's Visit will be part of Atlantic Theater Company's 30th anniversary 2015-16 season, which kicked off this fall with a revival of Cloud Nine, Caryl Churchill's landmark play about power, sex, politics and family set in 1979 London, directed by James Macdonald.
Next up will be another new musical, the New York premiere of Yale Repertory's acclaimed production of These Paper Bullets! by Rolin Jones and Billie Joe Armstrong. See separate story for details. The new year will see the final installment of Dominique Morisseau's Detroit trilogy, with the world premiere of Skeleton Crew, set in the city's last exporting autoplant. With the plant closing, a makeshift family of workers contemplates the lines between blue and white collar and the limits of their survival.
Slated for May 2016 is the Off-Broadway premiere of The Purple Lights of Joppa Illinois, written and directed by Adam Rapp. The story centers on Ellis Shook, whose solitary life in Paducah, KY, is stirred by the unexpected arrival of two teenage girls one autumn afternoon, forcing him to confront a tragic past but also offering hope.
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