NPR's Tiny Desk concert series welcomed cast members from The Band's Visit, along with composer David Yazbek, to perform a number of musical numbers from the hit, Tony-nominated musical. Among those who took part were Tony nominees Katrina Lenk, who performed “Omar Sharif,” and Tony Shalhoub, who performed “Itgara’a.”
Adam Kantor, who plays Telephone Guy, performed the musical's closing number, “Answer Me,” and was joined by cast members Kristen Sieh, who plays Iris, and George Abud, who plays Camal. The show's Alexandria Ceremonial Police Orchestra was also on hand to perform the instrumental pieces “Soraya” and “Haj-Butrus,” as well as some freestyle jamming.
Watch the 18-minute NPR special below:
Yazbek and Itamar Moses’ The Band's Visit officially opened on Broadway November 9, 2017, and was recently nominated for 11 Tony Awards. 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. With no bus or hotel in sight, the band members are led into unlikely friendships with some of the locals, causing their lives to intertwine in unexpected and spectacular ways.