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Winner of 10 Tony Awards

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July 9 - August 4, 2019

Boredom has never sounded sexier than it does in 'The Band's Visit, the beautiful musical by David Yazbek and Itamar Moses... includes one of the season's most exquisitely wrought score.

Ben Brantley, New York Times

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Winner of 10 Tony Awards including Best Musical!

Having left Broadway spellbound, this exquisite new musical from Itamar Moses and David Yazbeck heads out on tour. A hit with critics and audiences alike, the show explores a softer side to the Middle East conflict as we follow the fortunes of an Egyptian Police Band as they are stranded overnight in isolated town in the Israeli desert due to a language mix up at the border. Stuck waiting for the next bus and with no hotels in town, it falls on the friendly and curious locals to take in the musicians, where each side discover more about themselves and their shared humanity.

Adapted from the award-winning 2007 film, Tony-winner Yazbeck has crafted a new original score capturing life, loss and the enchantment of the desert, alongside Moses' touching and heart-warming book. A Critic's pick in the New York Times, prepare to moved by a show the paper called, 'One of the most ravishing musicals you will ever be seduced by.'

WHAT IS IT ABOUT?

Based on the 2007 critically acclaimed movie by Eran Kolirin, this new musical adaptation sees two very different cultures mesh together throughout the course of one-night. A simple spelling mistake at the Egypt/Israel border sees the Alexandria Police Band redirected to the wrong town, where there is no public transport, nor hotels. Taken in by the charitable restaurant owner as they discuss their predicament, the band are invited to stay at his various relatives' homes overnight. Love is in the air for one member of the band, which culminates in an enchanting evening at the local ice-skating rink. The others realise that their lives are changed forever after this change in circumstance.


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Dates

Opening night: 9 July 2019

Audience

Suitable for ages 12+

Run time

90 minutes, no intermission

And before you stop reading

Images taken from the original Broadway production and may not reflect the national touring cast

Cast and Creative

Creative

Book by Itamar Moses 
Music and Lyrics by David Yazbeck
Directed by David Cromer

Awards

TONY AWARDS, 2018 - WINS

Best Musical
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical - Tony Shalhoub
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical - Katrina Lenk
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical - Ari'el Stachel
Best Book of a Musical
Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre
Best Lighting Design of a Musical
Best Sound Design of a Musical
Best Direction of a Musical - David Cromer
Best Orchestrations

TONY AWARDS, 2018 - NOMINATIONS

Best Musical
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical - Tony Shalhoub
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical - Katrina Lenk
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical - Ari'el Stachel
Best Book of a Musical Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre
Best Scenic Design of a Musical
Best Lighting Design of a Musical
Best Sound Design of a Musical
Best Direction of a Musical - David Cromer
Best Orchestrations

DRAMA LEAGUE AWARDS, 2018 - WINS

Outstanding Production of A Broadway Or Off-Broadway Musical

DRAMA LEAGUE AWARDS, 2018 - NOMINATIONS

Distinguished Performance Award - Katrina Lenk, Tony Shalhoub
Outstanding Production Of A Broadway or Off-Broadway Musical

DRAMA DESK AWARDS, 2018 - Wins

Oustanding Sound Design in a Musical

DRAMA DESK AWARDS, 2018 - NOMINATIONS

Outstanding Sound Design in a Musical

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BEAUTIFUL Moving unexpected

Just as song might sweep you away into an unexpected mood so too does Tewfiq's band as their music infiltrates into the lives of these people - and the audience!

Our Broadway reviewer Nicola Quinn saw The Band's Visit in New York City - here's what she thought! "One of my favorite things to do is step into a cinema or theatre having no idea about the narrative that is about to unfold or the "word on the

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