Already closed | 1h 30m | Midtown W

The Band's Visit (Broadway)

From 2,047 member  reviews
Members say: Absorbing, Great acting, Enchanting, Great singing, Slow

About the show

Based on the film of the same name, Atlantic Theater Company's critically acclaimed musical by songwriter David Yazbek was the winner of ten 2018 Tony Awards, including Best Musical. More…

The Egyptian Alexandria Ceremonial Police Band arrives in Israel to play at the opening of a cultural center. When their hosts don't show, a miscommunication sends them in the wrong direction and they find themselves in a small settlement in the heart of the Negev Desert. With no transportation out until morning and no hotel in sight, the beleaguered band members are taken in by locals. Under the spell of the desert sky, their lives become intertwined in the most unexpected ways.

1h 30m | Already closed | Ethel Barrymore Theatre (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (2047)


Absorbing, Great acting, Enchanting, Great singing, Slow
Avg Score

Intelligent, Profound, Relevant, Ambitious, Fluffy

See it if If you like Middle Eastern plays. It was great at certain points and slow at others. 90 minutes, no intermission. Tony Shaloub was great.

Don't see it if if you do not a play about cultural differences the dealings with the middle east or anything of relevance to this kind of genre.Slow moving

Excruciating, Disappointing, Slow, Boring

See it if While I appreciate a differently toned musical, I found this boring, a struggle to endure and of little value. My wife disagrees entirely.

Don't see it if I cannot recommend this show, unless you can get free tickets. Even then...oi!

Sweet-natured, Thin, Hopeful, Heartfelt, Modest

See it if you'd like to see a simple, wistful, heartfelt musical that in the end upholds the simple virtues of reciprocal kindness & generosity.

Don't see it if you are looking to be shaken from your groundless belief in the basic goodness of humanity.

Also So much has been written about “The Band's Visit,” that I’ll be brief.... Read more Read less

Relevant, Intelligent, Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Refreshing

See it if you enjoy a thinking-person's musical. Surprises include a breakout song of an unnamed character, emotions expressed and singing highlights.

Don't see it if you want a big, splashy musical with tv and movie stars and bright sets. This is a charming story with music that enhances the plot.

Ambitious, Great singing, Relevant, Intense, Intelligent

See it if you like Middle Eastern music, more concert than theater. Well staged with turntables & rotating set pieces. Glimpses of small town life.

Don't see it if you expect a big Broadway musical, no dancing, no sequins, no bright colors.

Absorbing, Great singing, Relevant, Refreshing

See it if Reaching across the cultural/religious divide, an original musical adaptation of the film affects and haunts. A respite from headline noise.

Don't see it if Whatever your convictions of the topic, it might be best to absorb and to allow the humanity to unfold. Ethnic music on Broadway is a risk.

Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing, Enchanting

See it if People meeting and forming friendships base on the person. The music is excellent.

Don't see it if If you want a dancing, and shine stage.

Great acting, Great singing, Great staging, Romantic

See it if It’s wondeful. Just see it.

Don't see it if You hate musicals. Although this is very unique. Not your usual musical. I’d say see it (if you can get a ticket!).

Also I had not thought I would like this (given what I’d heard about the to... Read more Read less

Slow, Disappointing

See it if You want to see something a little different. The main people in the band are also in the play

Don't see it if You are expecting a big normal Broadway musical. While it is a musical it’s more of a play with music in it

Also I don’t know anything about musicals and haven’t seen many but I don’t... Read more Read less

Slow, Romantic, Great acting, Original, Funny

See it if You enjoy very unusual off-beat musicals. This one seems small in scope but refreshingly sweet.

Don't see it if You are looking for a big splashy loud over the top musical show. A fast moving plot is essential for your enjoyment.

Absorbing, Delightful, Great music, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if You can enjoy an evening of loosely woven stories and great music without the need for PLOT PLOT PLOT. GREAT music, singing, and acting.

Don't see it if You don't like short shows (90min) that capture moments vs. a full stories with strong through lines.

Unadorned storytelling, Enchanting, Romantic, All about longing, Exquisite

See it if a multicultural incident that no one heard much about, exquisite presentation of human longing/loss love will make you happy in the theatre

Don't see it if care not about human longing, multicultural union, or delicate presentation of the human condition, would rather see high energy crassness

Great staging, Great music, Enchanting

See it if Egyptians go to Petah Tikva, Israeli City but arrive in kibbutz Bet Hatikva. Then: As-salāmu ʿalaykum (Arabic) aleikhem shalom (Hebrew)Peace

Don't see it if Short fora Broadway show.

Indie, Mild, Great singing, Fantastic music

See it if you’re up for captivating Middle Eastern music; you don't expect TBV to be upbeat or to surpass all the other musicals playing

Don't see it if you’ll miss the emotional rollercoaster rides that are Broadway's specialty—TBV is consistently pleasing but emotionally temperate

Also The good: Great cast, and really great band. Wish this band was an act... Read more Read less

Overrated, Delightful, Charming, Great acting, Slow

See it if you like musicals that are subtle & nuanced. Katrina Lenk gives a great performance vocally and comedically. Rest of cast & band also good.

Don't see it if you're looking for a lot of action. Story is fairly uneventful & more slice of life showcasing humanity. It's a nice show, but over-hyped.

Entertaining, Enchanting, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You enjoy a perfectly sweet take on a "true" story. Done expertly

Don't see it if multi ethnic, multi faith interaction is abhorrant to you

Captivating, Great acting, Great staging

See it if you value heartfelt emotions, terrific cast, evocative music, and an interesting premise. Nothing quite like it currently on Broadway.

Don't see it if you are looking for razzle dazzle. The pace is leisurely, as befits the mood of the piece.

Also Not a lot happens, yet what does happen resonates beautifully.

Delightful, Enchanting, Great staging, Refreshing, Slow

See it if you’d like to see a 2018 Tony nominee; this will be that.

Don't see it if you prefer a flashy musical. This isn’t that.

Absorbing, Enchanting, Exquisite, Intelligent, Masterful

See it if A beautifully constructed musical with an interesting storyline and memorable tunes. A must see!

Don't see it if Do not see if you do not like musicals about different cultures.

Enchanting, Slow

See it if you enjoy the silent yearnings of the heart

Don't see it if barely a Musical, more a Play with some singing. Not much happens, plot-wise.

Also Ticket from in-person rush for $40.

Tiresome, Overrated, Disappointing

See it if you have great interest in Israel and klezmer-sounding music, and if you can take 90 minutes of a thin plot line.

Don't see it if you are expecting all one anticipates from a Broadway show. This is one that should have stayed off-Broadway.

Also I never cared about any of these characters. The accents were annoying... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if great music and singing

Don't see it if no reason not to see this wonderful show.

Enchanting, Touching, Great music, Great singing, Refreshing

See it if Small, quiet story that weaves a mighty spell. Totally enchanting. Music is breathtaking, enhanced by actors playing their own instruments.

Don't see it if You want a big Broadway spectacle; this isn't that. It doesn't need bells & whistles - the magic is in the simple humanity & glorious music.

Enchanting, Clever, Ambitious, Great staging, Masterful

See it if you want to have a wonderful experience attending a musical story about people on the other side of the other side of the world.

Don't see it if a quirky funny heart-warming musical about two different groups of people finding out how more alike than different they are bores you.

Also In quoting the lyrics of one of the songs, my evening in the theater e... Read more Read less

Simple in its beauty, Beautiful in its simplicity, Touching, Humanistic, Quiet

See it if you can appreciate a beautiful, simple story of people from different worlds forming a connection. The music is lush and gorgeous.

Don't see it if you prefer musicals to be big and flashy or simply want to sit back and be entertained without having to invest in characters.

Also I went into this show kind of knowing what to expect, but not really. ... Read more Read less

November 10th, 2017
"One of the most ravishing musicals you will ever be seduced by...A Broadway rarity seldom found these days outside of the canon of Stephen Sondheim: an honest-to-God musical for grown-ups...Directed by David Cromer with an inspired inventiveness that never calls attention to itself, 'The Band’s ...
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November 9th, 2017
"'The Band’s Visit,' which feels even richer on Broadway, is unconventionally wise. It is rare to encounter a show that has such a graceful sense of time...Moses’s book embraces the unspoken...Yazbek’s score includes not only wryly witty character songs but also joyous instrumentals...Directed wi...
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August 5th, 2018
"Remains quietly ravishing...Sasson Gabay now stars as Tewfiq...His performance is bone-dry and bone-deep, and his scenes with the stunning Katrina Lenk retain the delicate balance she had opposite Tony Shalhoub, with a slight shift in emphasis: Gabay has a more somber and paternal presence...The...
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November 9th, 2017
"Cromer, Moses, and Yazbek are clearly unified in their pursuit of the specific and the humane over the grandiose...A play of deep integrity — funny, generous, sweet without sentimentality, poignant without melodrama, and emotionally expansive even as it insists upon its own smallness...'The Band...
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