After a mix-up at the border, an Egyptian Police Band is sent to a remote village in the middle of the Israeli desert. With no bus until morning and no hotel in sight, these unlikely travelers are taken in by the locals. Under the spell of the desert sky, their lives become intertwined in the most unexpected ways. THE BAND’S VISIT celebrates the deeply human ways music, longing and laughter can connect us all.
Based on the multi-award winning film, THE BAND’S VISIT is brought to Broadway by three-time Tony® nominee David Yazbek (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Full Monty), Drama Desk nominee Itamar Moses (Nobody Loves You, Fortress of Solitude) and acclaimed director David Cromer (Our Town, The House of Blue Leaves); and stars Emmy® winner Tony Shalhoub and Lucille Lortel winner Katrina Lenk.
“ONE OF THE MOST RAVISHING MUSICALS YOU WILL EVER BE SEDUCED BY OPENED ON THURSDAY NIGHT AT THE BARRYMORE THEATER. IT IS CALLED THE BAND’S VISIT.”
—Ben Brantley, The New York Times
“THE BEST MUSICAL OF THE YEAR HAS MADE IT TO BROADWAY. THE BAND’S VISIT shows that the great American art form (give or take jazz) is still full of life when practiced by artists who trust the taste and intelligence of their audiences.”
—Terry Teachout, The Wall Street Journal
“Directed here with A MAESTRO’S VIRTUOSIC VISION BY DAVID CROMER, THE BAND’S VISIT IS GENTLE, SOULFUL, TUNEFUL — and THE BEST NEW MUSICAL ON BROADWAY. BEAUTIFUL MUSIC, BEAUTIFUL STORY, BEAUTIFUL ACTING.”
—Peter Marks, Washington Post
“A BEAUTIFUL PIECE OF THEATER. In both form and content, the show gave me more hope for what Broadway might welcome, might foster, might become than any musical in a long time.”
—Sara Holdren, New York Magazine
“FOUR STARS! THE BAND’S VISIT, which feels even richer on Broadway than in its award-winning 2016 run at the Atlantic, is unconventionally wise. It is rare to encounter a show that has such a graceful sense of time.”
—Adam Feldman, Time Out New York
“THIS IS A REMARKABLE AND BOUNDLESSLY COMPASSIONATE AND HUMANISTIC PIECE OF THEATER.”
—Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune