What Do Critics Think of The Band’s Visit?

The Verdict   What Do Critics Think of The Band’s Visit?
 
Itamar Moses and David Yazbek’s new musical opened at Atlantic Theater Company December 8.
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The company Ahron R. Foster

The world premiere of Itamar Moses and David Yazbek’s The Band’s Visit officially opened December 8 at the Atlantic Theater Company. The new Off-Broadway musical is based on the award-winning film of the same name and features a cast that includes Something Rotten!'s John Cariani, Katrina Lenk (Once), and Monk star Tony Shalhoub.

Based on Eran Kolirin’s screenplay, The Band’s Visit follows the unlikely meeting of an Egyptian police band and a group of locals in a small Israeli town. The show is directed by David Cromer and began performances November 11, for an extended engagement now scheduled to play through January 1, 2017, at Atlantic’s Linda Gross Theater.

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The cast also includes George Abud, Bill Army, Erik Liberman, Andrew Polk, Rachel Prather, Jonathan Raviv, Sharone Sayegh, Kristen Sieh, Ari’el Stachel, Daniel David Stewart, and Alok Tewari. The Band’s Visit features choreography by Patrick McCollum and movement by Lee Sher.

Read reviews below:

Deadline (Jeremy Gerard)
The Hollywood Reporter (Frank Scheck)
The New York Times (Ben Brantley)
Newsday (Linda Winer)
NorthJersey.com (Robert Feldberg)
Time Out (David Cote)
Variety (Marilyn Stasio)
Vulture (Jesse Green)
Wall Street Journal (Terry Teachout)
The Wrap (Robert Hofler)

The new musical follows the story of an Egyptian police band that arrives in Israel to play a concert. When a mix-up at the border leaves them stranded with no bus or hotel in sight, these unlikely travelers must seek the help of the locals. “Under the spell of the desert sky, their lives become intertwined in the most unexpected ways,“ state Atlantic Theater production notes. The musical features a book by Drama Desk Award nominee Moses and music and lyrics by Tony Award nominee Yazbek.

Scroll through photos of the show below:

The production features scenic design by Scott Pask, costume design by Sarah Laux, lighting design by Tyler Micoleau, sound design by Clive Goodwin, music direction by Andrea Grody, and casting by Tara Rubin Casting. Mourna R’miki is the dialect coach.

To purchase tickets visit Atlantictheater.org, call OvationTix at (866) 811-4111, or in person at The Linda Gross Theater box office, located at 336 West 20th Street, New York.

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