The Band’s Visit

Could one word make the difference? How about one letter? This newest, most spectacular Broadway musical is all about differences, and how they succumb to friendship, love and music. Follow the brilliant story of a band of police orchestra players who, instead of playing in a perfectly organized overseas event for the night, find themselves strangled in a small city hundreds of miles away from their destination. The plot is intriguing, the story is determined, and the execution is fun and to be remembered. Find the best tickets to “The Band’s Visit Musical”, but also everything you need to know about this new smashing musical in this article.

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Synopsis

The show starts with a scene which depicts members of the “Alexandria Ceremonial” Police Orchestra waiting at the airport for their bus. They’ve just landed in Israel, after a flight from Egypt, and are getting ready to perform at an event in Petah Tikvah later that night. One of the officers, Mr Haled is instructed to go to the tickets office and buy the band the bus tickets they need. Because of the clerk’s thick Hebrew accent, and Haled’s thick Arabic one, there’s a miscommunication, which leads the band into the desert city of Bet Hatikva.

After realizing that they’re definitely not in the right town, as there’s no Cultural Center in Bet Hatikva, but two cafes and a lot of desert, the band finds out that they’re going to be stuck in the small village for the night, as there’s no bus in the afternoon to get them back to the airport. When he tries to make a phone call to the Egyptian embassy, one of the band members gets informed that the only phone in town is guarded by a man who waits for his girlfriend to call him so that she could get back together with him.

What follows is a full night of stories, life lessons and love, but not the kind of love you’d expect from an unusual gathering like this one. It’s all about remembering and finding a meaning to life, even if everything happens literally in the middle of nowhere.

Past, Present, Future

The idea for the musical came to music producer David Yazbek one day, after seeing the 2007 movie with the same name. He started a collaboration with amazing writer Itamar Moses, who came up with the musical’s book. The original production of the show had its premiere Off-Broadway, at the “Atlantic Theater Company”, with previews on November 11th, 2016 and the official opening night on December 8th of the same year. The production closed just a month later, on the 8th of January, 2017.

The official opening night for the Broadway production was set for November 9th, 2017, with a preview on the 7th of October. The musical plays at the sublime “Ethel Barrymore Theater” on 47th Street, as it has been since its inception. Director for the play is David Cromer, the choreography is assured by Patrick Mccollum, scenic design by Scott Pask and costumes by Sarah Laux.

The nowadays cast for the show that took Broadway by storm is composed by Katrina Lenk as Dina, Tony Shalhoub as Tewfiq, John Cariani as Itzik and Ari’el Satchel as Haled. In its short, yet incipient lifespan, as this is a musical that was just born by Broadway’s standards, “The Band’s Visit Musical” already won the 2017 “Drama Desk Award” for “Outstanding Music”, “Outstanding Director” of a Musical and “Outstanding Lyrics”, but also two “Obie Awards”, for “Musical Theater” and “Directing”.

About the director

Although he was being perceived as a dropout, as so he did from high school, director David Cromer is one of the most respected creatives in the entire theatrical industry. Aged 53, he won numerous awards, including Lucille Lortel and Obie’s, but also a MacArthur Fellow grand, which is a prize awarded every year by the MacArthur Foundation, consisting off $625.000 paid in quarterly installments over the course of five years. His best work is considered to be his directing in shows like “The Adding Machine”, “Our Town” and “The Effect”.

Tickets

You can buy the best tickets to “The Band’s Visit Musical” by signing up on the official website at www.thebandsvisitmusical.com, where there’s an updated schedule for the performances. Tickets for the curtains at the “The Ethel Barrymore Theater” start from as low as $49 for a Mezzanine seat and $99 for an Orchestra seat. Premium tickets can go up to $200 or more.

The show plays every single day of the week except for Mondays, with two curtains per day on Wednesdays and Saturdays, at 2:00 PM and 7/8:00 PM and one curtain on the rest of the days of the week, starting at 3, 7 or 8:00 PM. The musical runs for 1 hour and 30 minutes with no intermission. You can check out SeatGeek and StubHub as they might hold special promotions which could allow for a better final ticket price.

Facts about “The Band’s Visit Musical”

 

  • The show has 17 musical pieces, all of which were released on the official soundtrack in December of last year;
  • Ari’el Stachel who plays Haled wanted to be an NBA player until freshman year of high school, but when he realized that his teammates were 15 and 6’8″ or taller, he found acting and never let go;

References:

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