REVIEW ROUNDUP: “The Band's Visit” Opened with a ShowScore of 78

Show-Score | Dec 9, 2016
“The Band's Visit,” with songs by David Yazbek and directed by David Cromer, opened on December  8, 2016 in New York City. “The Band's Visit,” with songs by David Yazbek and directed by David Cromer, opened on December 8, 2016 in New York City.


14 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 84.

Ben Brantley
The New York Times
ShowScore: 90
"Bet Hatikva is a place you want to visit if you’re looking for signs of new and exciting life in the contemporary American musical...Cromer brings out the eloquence in the surrounding silence and in small gestures. Though Moses’s script operates from a similar sense of understatement, the spoken scenes can occasionally drag...But whenever the show sings, Yazbek’s music transports you to a place both exotic and touchingly familiar...There’s not a performance that feels out of key here."
Zachary Stewart
ShowScore: 90
"This charming new musical has a gentle elegance that is all too rare, making it a must-see of the off-Broadway season...Less is consistently more in these performances. This is also the case with Yazbek's songs: None of them qualify as showstoppers, but all of them articulate the feeling of the moment with grace and clarity...Cromer's restrained yet deliberate production fits the story like a glove, allowing for a surprising emotional resonance from the simplest of acts."
David Cote
Time Out New York
ShowScore: 85
"Sensitively directed by Cromer, these numbers emerge from conversational talk with pure, organic simplicity...Yazbek is one of our best comic lyricists, but here his verses are restrained, pensive and brimful of yearning. Moses matches him for emotional honesty, using silence or misunderstanding to articulate the messy inner lives of the characters...'The Band’s Visit' is remarkably fresh and revelatory."

“The Band's Visit” was also reviewed by Frank Scheck of The Hollywood Reporter, Michael Bracken of Theater Pizzazz, Doug Marino of Act Three - The Reviews, Brian Scott Lipton of CitiTour, Robert Hofler of The Wrap, Elyse Sommer of CurtainUp, Linda Winer of Newsday, Jeremy Gerard of Deadline, Jesse Green of New York Magazine / Vulture, Terry Teachout of The Wall Street Journal, and Steven Suskin of The Huffington Post.


The show was also reviewed by 77 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 77.

Top five adjectives describing the show:
Delightful, Entertaining, Slow, Great acting, Great staging

Jenna the Musical, ShowScore: 82
See it if…"You want a show with heart that explores a little known event. This show covers many important themes/issues in today's political climate." 
Don't see it if…"You're looking for a light night at the theatre. This show makes you think and definitely isn't a big flashy musical."
Brennaaaa, ShowScore: 70
See it if…"You want an intimate, quirky, sometimes funny romance set to beautiful music." 
Don't see it if…"You're expecting commentary on the Arab-Israeli conflict, intense drama, or a big musical spectacle."
Ayelet, ShowScore: 85
See it if…"You'd like to see something wholly unique with a fantastic score."  
Don't see it if…"You're impatient or only like your musicals big and glitzy."

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