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

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

(2072 Reviews)
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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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1085 Reviews | 265 Followers
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

891 Reviews | 259 Followers
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.

546 Reviews | 1879 Followers
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!

754 Reviews | 124 Followers
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.

655 Reviews | 129 Followers
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.

670 Reviews | 156 Followers
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. Read more

567 Reviews | 147 Followers
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.

488 Reviews | 316 Followers
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!). 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 Hollywood Reporter
November 9th, 2017

"It transfers to Broadway with its delicate alchemy intact, borne aloft by the intoxicating Middle-Eastern rhythms of David Yazbek's original score and by the soulful performances of an exemplary ensemble...None of the hushed intimacy, the subtlety or nuance of this narratively spare piece has been lost...The entire ensemble is attuned to the show's quiet observations, and its unusual, funny-sad sensibility."
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Entertainment Weekly
November 9th, 2017

"Everything is elevated by Yazbek’s haunting music and deadpan lyrics that perfectly capture the Israeli humor...Probably better described as charming than life-altering, but its scale reinforces the moral themes of the musical itself...It’s a quiet, beautiful thing 'The Band’s Visit' does, and while I wished there had been more something — more emotional payoff, or catharsis — I also recognize that that’s sort of the point."
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November 9th, 2017

"The set’s a bit grander and the music sounds richer, but success hasn’t spoiled this embraceable musical fable...Broadway theatergoers looking for something off-the-beaten-musical-track should be charmed by this unassuming show...This disarming musical has the emotional depth that holds up to repeated viewings and the offbeat charm that could make it a cult hit."
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