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.
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
See it if you want two cultures cladding together of unity and kindness in the world.
Don't see it if you want to see a play, but its like a play with few songs in it.
See it if You don’t mind plays with basically no plot or character evolution; you enjoy live performances by brilliant musicians and musical process
Don't see it if This is a slice of life where no one grows and nothing changes. You don’t know what the point of the play is, other than the fab musicians
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.
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.