‘The Band’s Visit’ Heads to Broadway

“The Band’s Visit,” one of the most acclaimed off-Broadway shows of the 2016 season, is heading for the big time. It will make its Broadway debut at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre this fall, with previews scheduled for October 7 and the official opening night set for November 9.


Based on the 2007 film of the same name, “The Band’s Visit” tells the story of an Egyptian police band that mistakenly winds up in a remote Israeli village. They’re stuck there with no transportation out and no hotels to provide shelter. Instead, they must seek help from wary locals.


Over the course of one night, the characters move beyond their preconceived prejudices. Through music and shared stories, they’re able to transcend cultural and language barriers to form profound, life-changing connections.


The off-Broadway production starred Tony Shalhoub (“Monk”), John Cariani (“Law & Order”) and Katrina Lenk (“Once). Additional cast members included Bill Army, George Abud, Andrew Polk, Alok Tewari, Rachel Prather, Sharone Sayegh, Jonathan Raviv, Kristen Sieh and Erik Liberman.


The Broadway cast has yet to be announced but it’s likely most if not all of the original actors will make the transition. David Cromer will continue to direct. Andrea Grody will step in as musical director. John Styles, John N. Hart Jr. and Orin Wolf are producing.


It features music and lyrics by David Yazbek (“Dirty Rotten Scoundrels”), a Tony nominated composer. The book, based on Eran Kolirin’s screenplay, is by Itamar Moses.


In its run at the Atlantic, “The Band’s Visit” not only sold out its shows; it also received numerous awards and positive reviews. This includes wins at the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Awards, the Obie Awards, the Lucille Lortel Awards and the Outer Critics Circle Awards.


It’s a safe bet that after its official Broadway debut, it will garner a slew of Tony nominations for everyone involved in the production.


Tickets for the show are on sale now at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre.