The Band's Visit (Broadway)
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The Band's Visit (Broadway)

The Band's Visit (Broadway) NYC Reviews and Tickets

(2088 Ratings)
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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.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (2,088)

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52 Reviews | 4 Followers
Refreshing, Great singing, Enchanting, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if Great singing, wistful musicals

Don't see it if Nothing, a fantastic show

134 Reviews | 28 Followers
Riveting, Resonant, Moving, Must see, Absorbing

See it if You can go back in time to see this great show

Don't see it if You can't see it

54 Reviews | 12 Followers
Masterful, Great singing, Funny, Clever, Absorbing

See it if the music was magical, the accents were on point as were the cultural references, it was a simple story in the best way

Don't see it if you don't enjoy foreign cultures and don't like middle eastern music

95 Reviews | 72 Followers
Intelligent, Great writing, Great singing, Great acting, Enchanting

See it if your definition of a great musical is one where a specific story is clearly told with beautiful music. This is a master class.

Don't see it if you want musicals with splashy special effects or where things, like, happen.

106 Reviews | 14 Followers
Absorbing, Delightful, Entertaining, Must see

See it if I loved it. Saw it off broadway, then on boardway and would see it again

Don't see it if you don't care about different religious group getting along

63 Reviews | 9 Followers
Absorbing, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if If you wNt to be entertained by a wonderful story with exceptional music and acting. It will be one of your favorite musicals ever.

Don't see it if If you don’t like musicals, don’t see this or if you prefer the traditional happy ending musical, this one’s not it.

83 Reviews | 11 Followers
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Masterful, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy being completely absorbed by a show. This show is quiet and intimate, and can completely captivate you without you realizing it.

Don't see it if You want to see a loud, fun musical. Several times I could hear people around me laugh as if they were uncomfortable with the quiet.

203 Reviews | 44 Followers
Exquisite, Great staging, Great acting, Great singing, Relevant

See it if you want a great story with great direction and great acting. This is a beautiful, perfect show.

Don't see it if you want a big, splashy, Broadway musical. Read more

Critic Reviews (62)

The New York Times
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 Visit' flows with the grave and joyful insistence of life itself...Close to perfect musically...A miraculous show."
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Time Out New York
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 with David Cromer with an unblinking eye, the other actors sketch memorable portraits...Bittersweet and built for adults."
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Time Out New York
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 richness of the writing, the nuances of David Cromer’s production and the continued excellence of the ensemble cast make each return visit a pleasure."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
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’s Visit' is quietly modeling real theatrical and musical courage. Its sound—dense and atmospheric and drawn from a non-Western musical idiom—is utterly distinctive on Broadway."
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New Yorker
November 9th, 2017

"Such minimalist material requires tremendous trust and patience, and Cromer has both, letting the story’s emotional music find its way to the surface...Plot-wise, 'The Band’s Visit' is a show about nothing, but it fills the stage with feeling—the muted kind that dwells in missed connections...'The Band’s Visit' doesn’t quite shake its cinematic roots but it succeeds on the strength of its cast and creators, who know exactly what, and when, to hold back."
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The Wall Street Journal
November 9th, 2017

"The best musical of the year...Directed with supreme finesse by Cromer and performed by the best cast imaginable, this small-scale show is fine enough to fill you with fresh hope for a genre that has lately been running on fumes...Part of what makes 'The Band’s Visit' so special is that it steers clear of the obvious...Moses has translated the screenplay of 'The Band’s Visit' into musical-comedy terms with quiet skill...This fairy tale is one in which it is pure happiness to believe."
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November 9th, 2017

"Feed your soul: Go see 'The Band’s Visit'...Has stayed with me in the year since it opened off-Broadway, like a dream from which I never wanted to awaken...David Cromer’s production and an incomparable ensemble could not be bettered...Each character is carefully fleshed out over the course of the show’s single act...'The Band’s Visit' flows as if in a seamless, tidal movement, like an ode."
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New York Daily News
November 9th, 2017

"Like a mirage, it shimmers. But better. Because this hushed, heart-melting musical is real — and truly magical...The show is a quiet musical meditation that casts a spell through its songs, alluring ambience, and excellent actors...The book packs warmth, wit, and economy. Irresistible songs blend strains of Arabic and Israeli melodies and flecks of jazz...One resists gushing about a musical that works so wonderfully because it never overstates. It doesn't belt. It whispers."
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