5 Reasons Why You Should Get Tickets Now to The Band’s Visit
by Tom Coppola
1. The show already has pedigree. Having previously played Off-Broadway late last year, receiving rave reviews and winning most of the Best Musical awards that it was eligible for (it beat Dear Evan Hansen for Best Musical Off-Broadway…mkay?), the show is destined to be a hit on the Great White Way, and a surefire contender for a Tony Award® for Best Musical.
2. The creative team is stellar. With music and lyrics by David Yazbek (who wrote the musical version of The Full Monty and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels), directed by the widely acclaimed and multi-award winning David Cromer, and adapted by Itamar Moses, who’s writing credits include Boardwalk Empire, the production is in solid creative hands.
3. It’s based on an award-winning movie. Adapted from the film of the same name, the flick won 8 Ophir Awards (that’s Israel’s version of the Oscars) including Best Picture, and wound up at the top of many list as one of the best films of 2007. “Another musical film adaptation?” you say? Ah—but what a film it is!
4. The cast. The principal casting is dreamy, and these actors all starred in the Off-Broadway version: three-time Tony Award® nominee Tony Shalhoub (you know him from TV’s Monk), Katrina Lenk (who already won an award for her leading performance in this and is captivating everyone's hearts in Indecent) and John Cariani (Tony® nominee for Fiddler on the Roof). With these actors returning to the production in the fall, it dramatically ups the “not to be missed” factor!
5. It’s the first book musical opening in the 2017-18 season. To be clear—There is one musical opening before this one, but that show is a musical retrospective of the work of Hal Prince (in essence, it’s a musical review of pre-existing material). So, by default this is THE 1st new musical to hit Broadway in the fall. So, what are you waiting for? GO!
Starts October 7.
Check out a sneak peek at one of the songs from the show:
Photos from the Off-Broadway production: Ahron R. Foster