Tony Shalhoub, Katrina Lenk, John Cariani, Erik Liberman, and More Open The Band's Visit
Atlantic Theater Company celebrated the opening night of David Yazbek and Itamar Moses' musical The Band's Visit on December 8. Directed by David Cromer, the production runs at the Linda Gross Theatre through January 1.
The company is led by Emmy winner Tony Shalhoub, alongside George Abud (The Visit), Bill Army (Act One), Tony nominee John Cariani (Something Rotten!), Katrina Lenk (Once), Erik Liberman (War Paint), Andrew Polk (House of Cards), Rachel Prather (Once), Jonathan Raviv (The Ragged Claws), Sharone Sayegh (Mamma Mia!), Kristen Sieh (Men on Boats), Alok Tewari (Awake and Sing!), Ari'el Stachel (Blue Bloods), and Daniel David Stewart (Spring Awakening). The production has choreography by Patrick McCollum and movement by Lee Sher.
Based on Eran Kolirin's film The Band's Visit, which won the Jury Coup de Couer prize at the Cannes Film Festival, the work tells the story of the Alexandria Ceremonial Police Band. When they arrive in Israel to play at the opening of a cultural center, their hosts don't show, and an error in communication sends them in the wrong direction. Soon, the band finds themselves in a small settlement in the heart of the Negev desert with no transportation out until morning and no hotel in sight.
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