Will Othello and The Band’s Visit Transfer to Broadway?

News   Will Othello and The Band’s Visit Transfer to Broadway? The acclaimed new musical and the star-studded Shakespearean classic may make the jump in 2017.
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Ari'el Stachel, David Garo Yellin, George Abud, Tony Shalhoub, Harvey Valdes, Sam Sadigursky, and Alok Tewari Ahron R. Foster

Itamar Moses and David Yazbek’s new musical The Band’s Visit may be eyeing a Broadway transfer in fall 2017, according to the New York Post. The show officially opened Off-Broadway December 8 to a large number of positive reviews from New York City critics, and sold out the remainder of its run shortly after. Following a second extension announcement, the David Cromer-helmed production is now playing through January 8, 2017.

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According to the Post, because the show requires a larger Broadway house and availability is limited in the spring, a transfer is more likely in the fall.

The Band’s Visit 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 story follows the unlikely meeting of an Egyptian police band and a group of locals in a small Israeli town. The show is directed by Cromer at Atlantic Theater Company with choreography by Patrick McCollum and movement by Lee Sher.

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.

According to the Post, another Off-Broadway show may also be making the jump to Broadway, with hopes for a spring transfer—Sam Gold’s contemporary staging of Othello at New York Theatre Workshop. James Bond producer Barbara Broccoli is attached to the downtown production as a commercial producer.

Othello, which stars Hollywood actors David Oyelowo, Daniel Craig, and Rachel Brosnahan, opened to largely unanimous praise from critics on December 12. Bond star Craig was last seen on Broadway in Betrayal in 2013; in an interview with DuJour magazine last year, the actor said he was not interested in returning to the Great White Way. A Broadway transfer of the show would mark Oyelowos Broadway debut, while Brosnahan was last seen in The Big Knife.

The cast of Othello also includes David Wilson Barnes, Marsha Stephanie Blake, Blake DeLong, Glenn Fitzgerald, Slate Holmgren, Anthony Michael Lopez, Matthew Maher, Nikki Massoud, Kyle Vincent Terry, and Finn Wittrock.

Both NYTW and Atlantic Theater Company were asked for comment.

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