The Band’s Visit

The Bands Visit a New Musical on Broadway Oct 07 2017

Dark and Thrilling. Strange and Sweet. “Omar Sharif” | The Band’s Visit


The Band’s Visit is a New Broadway Musical based on a film by Eran Kollirin and was Israel’s original Foreign Language Film submission for the 80th Academy Awards, but was rejected by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences because it contained over 50% English dialogue. Thus, Israel sent Beaufort instead; Beaufort was finally included in the five final nominees. ‘Band’s Visit’ won eight Israeli Ophir Prizes awarded by the Israeli Film Academy.

The Alexandria Ceremonial Police Orchestra, consisting of eight men, arrive in Israel from Egypt. They have been booked by an Arab cultural centre in Petah Tikva, but through a miscommunication (Arabic has no “p” sound, and regularly replaces it with “b”), the band takes a bus to Beit Hatikva, a fictional town in the middle of the Negev Desert. There is no transportation out of the city that day, and there are no hotels for them to spend the night in. The band members dine at a small restaurant where the owner, Dina (Ronit Elkabetz) invites them to stay the night at her apartment, at her friends’ apartment, and in the restaurant. That night challenges all of the characters


The Band’s Visit – Ethel Barrymore Theatre

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Katrina Lenk – Dina
Tony Shalhoub – Tewfiq
George Abud – Camal
Bill Army – Zelger
John Cariani – Itzik
Andrew Polk – Avrum
Rachel Prather – Julia
Jonathan Raviv – Broadway debut – Sammy
Sharone Sayegh – Anna
Kristen Sieh – Iris
Ari’el Stachel – Haled
Alok Tewarti – Simon


Book by Itamar Moses
Music by David Yazbek
Lyrics by David Yazbek
Based on the screenplay by Eran Kolirin
Music orchestrated by Jamshied Sharifi
Musical Director: Andrew Grody
Directed by David Cromer
Choreographed by Patrick McCollum
Scenic Design by Scott Pask
Costume Design by Sarah Laux
Lighting Design by Tyler Micoleau
Sound Design by Kai Harada
Projections Content Design by Maya Ciarrocchi
Hair Design by Charles LaPointe
General Manager: Foresight Theatrical
Musical Supervisor: Dean Sharenow
Musician: Andrew Grody, Alexandra Eckhardt, Philip Mayer, Sam Sadigursky, Jeff Theiss, Harvey Valdes and Garo Yellin


Ethel Barrymore Theatre Access and Seat Plan


The Ethel Barrymore Theatre is a Broadway theatre located at 243 West 47th Street in midtown-Manhattan, named for actress Ethel Barrymore. Designed by architect Herbert J. Krapp and constructed by the Shuberts, it opened on December 20, 1928 with The Kingdom of God, a play selected by leading lady Ethel Barrymore. Over the next dozen years she returned to star in The Love Duel (1929), Scarlett Sister Mary (1930), The School for Scandal (1931), and An International Incident (1940).It is the only surviving theatre of the many the Shuberts built for performers who were affiliated with them. It has been used continuously as a legitimate house, unlike many of the older theatres that have been used for a variety of purposes throughout the years.



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243 West 47th (between 8th Ave & Broadway) New York, NY 10036

Subway: C, E to 50th St; N, Q, R to 49th St; 1 to 50th St
(212) 239-6200
Box Office
Monday – Saturday 10am-8pm Sun Noon – 7pm
Access Information
Theatre is wheelchair accessible.
Seating is accessible to all parts of the Orchestra without steps. Wheelchair seating is located in the Orchestra only
There is 1 (unisex) wheelchair accessible restroom located on the main floor with no steps.


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