Cast members of The Bands Visit, debuting on Broadway October 7, meet the press.
Cast members of The Band's Visit, debuting on Broadway October 7, meet the press.
(© David Gordon)

The stars of the upcoming Broadway production of The Band's Visit met the press yesterday at an event at the Strand's rare book room. Performances of the remounted production, which had its world premiere last year at Atlantic Theater Company, are set to begin October 7 at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre ahead of a November 9 opening night.

Tony Shalhoub and Katrina Lenk reprise their roles in the Broadway premiere of The Band's Visit.
Tony Shalhoub and Katrina Lenk reprise their roles in the Broadway premiere of The Band's Visit.
(© David Gordon)

The musical's original stars, Katrina Lenk and Tony Shalhoub, will reprise their performances as Dina and Tewfiq, respectively, alongside fellow Atlantic cast members John Cariani (Itzik), Ari'el Stachel (Haled), George Abud (Camal), Andrew Polk (Avrum), Bill Army (Zelger), Rachel Prather (Julia), Jonathan Raviv (Sammy), Sharone Sayegh (Anna), Kristen Sieh (Iris), and Alok Tewari (Simon).

The Band's Visit features  music by David Yazbek and a book by Itamar Moses.
The Band's Visit features music by David Yazbek and a book by Itamar Moses.
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Joining the Broadway cast is Etai Benson (An American in Paris) as Papi and Adam Kantor (Fiddler on the Roof) as Telephone Guy, along with Pomme Koch and Madison Micucci, who will serve as understudies.

John Cariani and Andrew Polk reprise their roles for the Broadway production.
John Cariani and Andrew Polk reprise their roles for the Broadway production.
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Musicians for The Band's Visit will include Andrea Grody (piano, music director), George Abud (violin, oud, darbuka), Alexandra Eckhardt (bass), Philip Mayer (drums, Arabic percussion), Sam Sadigursky (clarinet, saxophones, flute), Jeff Theiss (keyboard, associate conductor), Harvey Valdes (guitar), and David Garo Yellin (cello).

Adam Kantor stars as Telephone Guy and George Abud as Camal.
Adam Kantor stars as Telephone Guy; George Abud, as Camal.
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Based on Eran Kolirin's film The Band's Visit, which won the Jury Coup de Couer prize at the Cannes Film Festival, the show tells the story of the Alexandria Ceremonial Police Band, which lands in Israel and is inadvertently sent in the wrong direction. Soon, the band finds itself in a small settlement in the heart of the Negev desert with no transportation going out until morning and no hotel in sight.

Etai Benson stars as Papi and Ari'el Stachel as Haled.
Etai Benson stars as Papi, while Ari'el Stachel stars as Haled.
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David Cromer will reprise his direction of the musical, which features a book by Itamar Moses, an original score by Yazbek, choreography by Patrick McCollum, sets by Scott Pask, costumes by Sarah Laux, lighting by Tyler Micoleau, sound by Kai Harada, projections by Maya Ciarrocchi, hair by Charles LaPointe, orchestrations by Jamshied Sharifi, and musical supervision by Andrea Grody and Dean Sharenow.

The Band's Visit begins performances October 7.
The Band's Visit begins performances October 7.
(© David Gordon)

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