The Cast – The Band’s Visit


David Yazbek (music and lyrics)


Photos by Maya Werner


Friday, February 23 The Band’s Visit celebrated the release of their original broadway cast recording. Taking place at Barnes and Noble, fans had the chance to see a few performances by the cast, and participate in a photo-op with the cast. The show features actors Tony Shalhoub, Katrina Lenk, John Cariani, Ari’el Stachel, George Abud, Etai Benson, Adam Kantor, Andrew Polk, Bill Army, Rachel Prather, Jonathan Raviv, Sharone Sayegh, Kristen Sieh, and Alok Tewari. Music and lyrics are by David Yazbek, book by Itamar Moses, and direction by David Cromer.


John Cariani, Katrina Lenk, Etai Benson sing “Welcome to Nowhere”


George Abud & John Cariani sing “Itzik’s Lullaby”


Etai Benson sings “Papi Hears the Ocean”


The Band’s Visit world premiere opened to critical acclaim at the Atlantic Theater Company on December 8, 2016, where the sold-out, limited engagement extended twice, playing its final performance on Sunday, January 8, 2017 before transferring to Broadway where the multi Award winning production is ensconced at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre.

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. The Band’s Visit celebrates the deeply human ways music, longing and laughter can connect us all.