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The Band's Visit Recoups on Broadway

The 10-time Tony-winning musical becomes Broadway's latest hit.

Kristen Sieh, John Cariani, Alok Tewari, Andrew Polk, and George Abud in a scene from The Band's Visit on Broadway.
(© Matthew Murphy)

The Band's Visit, Broadway's 2018 Tony-winning Best Musical, has officially become a hit, recouping its $8.75 million capitalization. The production began Broadway performances on October 7, 2017, ahead of a November 9 opening at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre. The musical had its world premiere in a 2016 off-Broadway run at the Atlantic Theater Company.

"We are deeply grateful to the artists, collaborators, and colleagues who have worked with us tirelessly to bring The Band's Visit to Broadway," said producers Orin Wolf, John Styles, and John Hart in a statement. "It has brought us all such joy to see audiences connect with this story of strangers finding common ground through small acts of kindness."

Based on the screenplay by Eran Kolirin, The Band's Visit features music and lyrics by David Yazbek and a book by Itamar Moses. The story is described as follows: "After a mix-up at the border, an Egyptian Police Band is sent to a remote village in the middle of the Israeli desert. With no bus until morning and no hotel in sight, these unlikely travelers are taken in by the locals. Under the spell of the desert sky, their lives become intertwined in the most unexpected ways." Winner of 10 Tony Awards, the production is directed by David Cromer.

The Broadway company currently features Tony winner Katrina Lenk, Sasson Gabay, John Cariani, Tony winner Ari'el Stachel, George Abud, Etai Benson, Adam Kantor, Andrew Polk, Bill Army, Rachel Prather, Jonathan Raviv, Sharone Sayegh, Kristen Sieh, Alok Tewari, Layan Elwazani, 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 Garo Yellin.