The original Broadway cast recording for The Band's Visit will be released later this year on Ghostlight Records. An official release date for the album has yet to be announced, but fans of the new musical can sign up for updates here.
David Yazbek and Itamar Moses’ The Band's Visit is currently in previews at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre, where it began performances October 7 and will officially open November 9. David Cromer directs.
Ghostlight founder Kurt Deutsch will serve as the album’s executive producer, with Yazbek and Grammy-nominated producer Dean Sharenow attached as producers.
“The Band’s Visit is unlike any modern musical I have ever seen,” says Deutsch. “David Yazbek creates a sonic and distinct world though his humor, beautiful melodies and character studies that is transcendent, thought-provoking and profoundly moving. It is an honor to work with him again and preserve this beautiful show with an original Broadway cast recording.”
The Band's Visit arrived on Broadway this fall following an acclaimed and sold-out world premiere at Atlantic Theater Company last year. Though the Off-Broadway production was a hit, no cast album was recorded.
The Broadway company features much of the original cast, and is made up of Katrina Lenk, Tony Shalhoub, John Cariani, Ari'el Stachel, George Abud, Etai Benson, Adam Kantor, Andrew Polk, Bill Army, Rachel Prather, Jonathan Raviv, Sharone Sayegh, Kristen Sieh, and Alok Tewari.
Based on the screenplay by Eran Kolirin, The Band’s Visit follows the story of an Egyptian police band, who, after a mixup at the border, find themselves in a remote village in the middle of the Israeli desert.
The new musical features music and lyrics Yazbek and a book by Moses. Along with Cromer, the creative team is made up of Patrick McCollum (choreography), Scott Pask (set design), Sarah Laux (costume design), Tyler Micoleau (lighting design), Kai Harada (sound design), Maya Ciarrocchi (projection design), Charles LaPointe (hair designer), Jamshied Sharifi (orchestrations), Andrea Grody (music supervisor, music director and additional arrangements) and Dean Sharenow (music supervisor and music coordinator).
Flip through photos from the Broadway production below:
First Look at Tony Shalhoub and Katrina Lenk in The Band's Visit Broadway Bow
The musicians are Andrea Grody (conductor/keys), Alexandra Eckhardt (electric & acoustic bass), Ossama Farouk (darbouka/riq), Philip Mayer (drums/Arabic percussion), Sam Sadigursky (clarinet/saxophone/flute), Jeff Theiss (associate conductor/keys 2), Harvey Valdes (oud/guitar) and Garo Yellin (cello).