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The Band’s Visit Tickets

The Band's Visit Musical

The Band’s Visit – 11/1 Update

Well the spectacular new musical The Band’s Visit has only been in “previews” on Broadway and for just a couple of weeks.  However, the buzz is really picking up and many seem to feel that this is the next huge hit on Broadway.  Sales results are indeed showing that already in the previews every performance has been sold out.  Ticket sales for the remainder of 2017 and well into 2018 are starting to gain a lot of momentum.

We have not yet seen any “official” reviews of the Broadway performances thus far, but the reviews were glowingly favorable for the run up to Broadway.   The musical also took down a whole host of awards.  One interesting note is that the lead actor, Tony Shalhoub, prior to The Band’s Visit had never sung on stage before!  This is the type of risk taking that patrons will find in The Band’s Visit.  Some say that the musical is as much about what is NOT stated or sung as it is about what you do see and hear literally.  A challenging musical that makes people think critically.  This upcoming Tony Awards seasons promises to be as exciting as ever.   

The Band’s Visit

Composed by the renowned David Yazbek, The Band’s Visit is an original musical that is based on the 2007 Israeli film of the same name by Eran Kolirin, writer and director. The musical made its premiere Off – Broadway in December of 2016 and has since won the approval of quite a number of audiences and critics alike. The work on the musical is done according to the book by Itamar Moses and borrows a lot from the screenplay of the film. The musical revolves around Egyptian Alexandria Ceremonial Police Orchestra members who unexpectedly wind up stranded on a little Israeli desert town. The band members were scheduled to perform in a city of a similar name the following day which they were headed for before winding up in the desert town.

History

The original production of The Band’s Visit Off – Broadway made its premiere at the Linda Gross Theater. The previews opened on the 11th of November, 2016 while the official opening was on the 8th of December, 2016 and closure on the 8th of January the following year. Development and production of the musical was supported by a number of organizations that include The National Endowments for the Arts, The National Alliance for Musical Theatre’s National Fund for New musicals as well as The Laurents/Hatcher Foundation.

Plot

The Band’s Visit is a musical that is based on events that follow a mix-up at the border which leads to an Egyptian Police Band being sent to a remote village located in the heart on the Israeli desert. They realize that this is not the right destination but with no viable transportation and no hotel in sight, the unlikely travelers have to figure out a way to survive the night.

Upon arrival at the desert town, the band has an encounter with Dina who owns a local café. Politely, Tewfiq asks for directions to the Arab Cultural Center. She however informs Tewfiq that there is no cultural center in the region, Arab or Israeli. Dina realizing that they are probably lost graciously offers to take them up for the night. She offers to personally host Haled and Tewfiq. The other members of the band will spend the night either at the café or at the home of Itzik. While Itzik is pleased to host some members of the band, his wife, Iris resents the intrusion.

What follows is an eventful night in which Dina and Tewfiq head out for dinner but chance on Dina’s hostile married ex-boyfriend. The two open to each other about their disturbed pasts. While Dina confesses how she regrets waiting too long to have a child, Tewfiq reveals how his marriage disintegrated following the death of his son. Haled on the other end accompanies Papi, an Israeli to a roller disco and helps him connect with a girl he admires.

The beauty of the musical is in how people from two different cultures which are often opposing come together to appreciate common humanity and spend time together in unity. The two cultures influence each other and bring happiness and appreciation to the surface.

Awards

Following the production of The Band’s Visit musical, it has been nominated for and bagged quite a number of awards. The musical won top honors at the 2017 Obie Awards in the category of Outstanding Musical, Outer Critics Circle Awards category of outstanding new Off – Broadway musical, Lucille Lortel Awards, Outstanding Musical and the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Awards category of Best Musical. The musical was nominated in the category of Outstanding Musical at the Drama Desk Awards. For the Off – Broadway Alliance Awards, the musical was nominated for Outstanding Musical.

Crew

  • Music and lyrics done by David Yazbek
  • Book by Itamar Moses
  • Basedon screenplay by Eran Kolirin
  • Directed by David Cromer
  • Choreographed by Patrick McMullan
  • Set Designer Scott Pask
  • Costumer Designer Sarah Laux
  • Sound Designer Kai Harada
  • Lighting Designer Tyler Micoleau
  • Orchestrations Jamshied Sharifi
  • Music Director Andrea Grody
  • Music Supervisors Andrea Grody and Dean Sharenow

Comments from Reviews

  • The musical is an exciting show that will startle audiences in unexpected ways
  • This is the musical to watch if you would love to see how two different cultures can come together and live as one
  • This charming musical has a rare gentle elegance

The Band’s Visit is hitting Broadway with a very high level of excitement.  In just the last couple of years musicals have performed exceptionally well on Broadway and before it arrived The Band’s Visit was the recipient of multiple awards for its excellence as a musical.  Recent years have seen musicals such as The Book of Mormon, Hamilton, Hello, Dolly!, Dear Evan Hansen, and Come From Away generate tremendous buzz, excitement, and success on Broadway.  Many eventually go on national and international tours. 

Broadway is red hot right now and patrons are enthusiastically embracing truly great art and human performances.  As the world moves further and further into a world dominated by technology there is still great demand for the experience of live theater and masterful performances.  As The Band’s Visit begins its journey on Broadway make sure you get the chance to experience the energy and enrichment and get your hands on The Band’s Visit tickets.  

David Yazbek

Born in 1961, David Yazbek is a renowned American composer, lyricist, musician and writer who has worked on quite a number of celebrated pieces. He is particularly notable for his work on Broadway musicals such as 2000’s The Full Monty, 2005’s Dirty Rotten Scoundrels as well as in the 2010 production of Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown. More recently, David worked on the much celebrated The Bands Visit (2017).

Background and Life History

David Yazbek was born in New York City in 1961. In elementary school, Yazbek took his cello lessons and proceeded to take up piano lessons as a teenager. As an undergraduate at the Brown University, David, just prior to his graduation in 1982, composed an original musical with Brownbrokers, a notable production group. He also took up the role of director for a production of Hair with Production Workshop, a student theatre group. While working on this project, he composed an original song focused on complementing the classic score.

After David Yazbek’s graduation from college, he got a job writing for a late night television show by David Latterman. His time working with Latterman was largely a success and was even awarded an Emmy Award in 1986 as part of David Latterman’s writing team. Although his career with Latterman was successful, his passion for music was great and he quite the job to follow through with his love for music. Following his departure from David Latterman’s show, Yazbek became co-owner of Manhattan Recording Company between the years 1987 and 1989. During his timw with the recording company, he wrote quite a number of commercial jingles.

David Yazbek on The Band’s Visit

The Band’s Visit is among David’s latest works and one that has further boosted his reputation in the entertainment scene. He composed the musical with a book by Itamar Moses. The musical is wholly based on a 2007 film by the same name. The Band’s Visit made its premiere Off – Broadway in December of 2016 and managed to bag the 2017 Obie Award in the category of Musical Theatre. It also won several other awards that include the New York Drama Critics’ Award in the category of Best Musical.

For his work on the musical, David Yazbek was appreciated with a number of awards. He was nominated for and won two Drama Desk Awards in the category of Outstanding Music and Outstanding Lyrics. He further went ahead to win the Outer Critics Circle Awards in the category of Outstanding New Score (Broadway or Off – Broadway).

His other Works

David is an accomplished musician who has had a successful run in the industry. To date, David has released 5 rock albums all of which bring out his unique musical perspective as well as a sense of humor. He has also composed several songs and background music for television shows for kids most of which were produced for Disney’s cable TV channel. Since 2007, Yazbek has been working on composing lyrics and music for Bruce: Journey to the West. 

Katrina Lenk

History

Katrina Lenk is a multi-talented singer and actress who, most currently, is renowned for her role on the musical: The Band’s Visit. Growing up, Katrina had already shown an interest in joining the entertainment scene. At the age of 3, Katrina became a dancer. She didn’t stop at that and at the age of 6, she started playing the viola. Born into a family of Eastern European stock, Katrina was raised in Illinois where she took part in several school plays and occasionally performed at the summer community theatre. Katrina also developed an interest playing the piano and the oboe.

Katrina joined Northwestern University where she majored on playing the viola. During this time, she also focused on other musical facets where she took some singing lessons, went to the dinner theatre to do dance and musical composition. Her parents supported her artistic pursuit all the way and she credits them for her success.

Previous Acting and Singing Roles

After college, Katrina focused her talent on films, plays, musicals and doing commercials. She then joined a rock band known as Mabel Mabel together with her friend known as Reyna Larson. Lenk then moved to Los Angeles where she managed to start her own band that she named Moxy Phinx. For the band, she was an arranger, songwriter, producer, vocalist and in charge of strings. Some of Katrina’s popular songs include 2006’S Kiss me in the Dark, Elan Vital in 2016 and 2015’s Miss Teri. Others are Leave Me and YSBLM. She had a rough time making it big in entertainment but finally managed to get a breakthrough and has since been featured in a number of successful musicals.

Her acting career has also seen her lay parts in projects such as Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, Indecent as well as Chicago (Los Angeles production) in which she played the role of Velma Kelly. In 2008, Katrina was cast in the title role of Lovelace: A Rock Opera, a bio-musical following the life of former porn-star, Linda Lovelace who faces life’s troubles. Her performance in the show received positive critics and was shortly afterwards featured on Broadway’s 2010 revival of The Miracle Worker.

For a period of about one and a half years, Lenk was cast in Once in which she portrayed the role of Reza, a violin wielding character.

Her Role on The Band’s Visit  

The Band’s Visit is a successful musical that is based on the 2007 film of the same name. The musical is set in 1996 and revolves around a police band that sets out on a journey to Israel where they are set to perform at a concert. They are however lost along the way and end up in an isolated desert village and the next transport to their concert venue is unavailable until the next day. They are welcomed by the villagers and Dina, the local café owner provides accommodation for them. Katrina Lenk portrays the role of Dina in the musical and she dines with Colonel Zakaria Tewfiq. 

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