Dariush Kashani Takes Over Lead Role in The Band's Visit on Broadway
Tony Shalhoub steps away to film ''The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel''.
Obie Award winner Dariush Kashani, who made his Broadway debut last season in the Tony-winning play Oslo, will join the Broadway cast of The Band's Visit as Tewfiq beginning Thursday, March 1. He replaces original cast member Tony Shalhoub who is leaving temporarily to shoot season 2 of Amazon's Golden Globe-winning series The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Shalhoub will return to the Ethel Barrymore Theatre in May to play select performances.
In addition to Oslo, Kashani's New York theater credits include The Invisible Hand, The Happiest Song Plays Last, Homebody/Kabul, and East Is East. He can be seen in the film Eagle Eye, and has television credits that include Dietland, Madam Secretary, NCIS: LA, Medium, NCIS, Ghost Whisperer, CSI, Lost, 24, Without a Trace, and Law & Order.
The Band's Visit 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. The show opened on November 9, 2017, and features music and lyrics by David Yazbek and a book by Itamar Moses, based on the screenplay by Eran Kolirin. David Cromer directs.
The Broadway company currently features Katrina Lenk, Tony Shalhoub, John Cariani, Ari'el Stachel, George Abud, Etai Benson, Adam Kantor, Andrew Polk, Bill Army, Rachel Prather, Jonathan Raviv, Sharone Sayegh, Kristen Sieh, Alok Tewari, Pomme Koch, Ahmad Maksoud, Madison Micucci, and James Rana. Musicians include Andrea Grody, Alexandra Eckhardt, Ossama Farouk, Philip Mayer, Sam Sadigursky, Jeff Theiss, Harvey Valdes, and David Garo Yellin.