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Stage and Screen: “The Band’s Visit”

Members say: Absorbing, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Intelligent

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Enjoy the film that inspired "The Band's Visit" and meet the musical's creators,  director David Cromer and bookwriter Itamar Moses! 

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“The Band’s Visit” is one of this year’s big Broadway hits, but many people don’t know that it started life as a movie. Join us for a very special event as we welcome the musical's director David Cromer and bookwriter Itamar Moses, who will explain the musical's journey from screen to stage in conversation with Show-Score's resident film expert, Nathaniel Rodgers (creator of The Film Experience). You might even get the chance to ask a question to these incredible artists, yourself!


Following this thrilling discussion, we will all enjoy the rarely-seen movie in its original big screen format with fellow theater fans.


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100
Absorbing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if You want to get interesting and unique insider information on the creation of the Broadway show, and enjoy a great movie too!

Don't see it if You don't care how a movie is adapted into a broadway show.

100
Absorbing, Delightful, Enchanting, Exquisite

See it if It is a quirky, lovely and sensitive story.

Don't see it if You do not like to think too much about life...

100
Absorbing, Delightful, Intelligent, Resonant, Entertaining

See it if you love a movie that is warm and full of real human beings. At the heart is the yearning for love and understanding. No politics,

Don't see it if you're looking for a big flashy film with violence and sex.

Also Show Score had a special treat for us. The book writer and the directo... Read more Read less

97
Funny, Absorbing, Great acting, Must see, Great writing

See it if you love sensitive, intelligent, humorous films about the shared humanity across cultures.

Don't see it if you like vulgar, simple-minded comedy and violent movies.

96
Funny, Clever, Delightful, Quirky, Romantic

See it if You enjoy laughing while you are watching a quirky movie.

Don't see it if If want quirky not to be laughable and amusing.

95
Insightful, Absorbing, Intelligent, Interesting, Too short

See it if You enjoyed either the film or musical The Bands Visit and have any interest in the process of getting a beautiful film to musical glory!

Don't see it if You haven’t seen the film or musical or perhaps didn’t enjoy them. Or if you have no interest in peeking at “the man behind the curtain”.

95
Screen to stage salons are all wonderful. what a great concept!

See it if Enjoy considering how a story is adapted from one medium to another, especially when invited to spend time w show creators or historians..

Don't see it if Not interested in THIS movie's story or are expecting film to be action packed. Have no interest in Broadway show or the creative process.

Also These Screen to Stage events are a treasure, regardless of the specifi... Read more Read less

95
Funny, Great acting, Relevant, Great writing, Charming

See it if Clarification: I attended screening of film and q&a with director & writer of musical, but not musical. Relationship lovers will love this!

Don't see it if you have irrefutable prejudice against Arabs, Israelis, or singles, have no interest in the Middle East, and prefer action-packed complexity

94
Absorbing, Delightful, Intelligent, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if interested in discussion ahead of time with director and book writer of musical based on movie and seeing movie on big screen 35 mm

Don't see it if Don’t like movies that not much happens or with subtitles. Concept doesn’t appeal

93
Refreshing, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if A quiet film, with understated messages, , amusing, different, subtle...hearing the broadway producer and writer speak was great fun

Don't see it if You like, bold brassy entertainment

92
Absorbing, Great acting, Romantic

See it if You want a beautiful unusual slice of life in another place story with unique but universally relatable characters and stirring music

Don't see it if You’re looking for a tap-dance musical, or a lot of action. Or you don’t like Hebrew or Arabic, or don’t enjoy Middle Eastern instruments

92
Absorbing, Delightful, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if I can see why this movie won so many awards. The musical on Broadway captured it perfectly

Don't see it if If you are looking for fast paced flashy stories this is not for you.

91
Absorbing, Enchanting, Quirky, Refreshing

See it if you enjoy quiet, character-driven films.

Don't see it if you like action packed movies or don't like subtitles.

91
Delightful, Enchanting, Masterful, Refreshing

See it if you enjoy foreign films, esp those dealing with Arab/Israeli relations and music.

Don't see it if you don't like foreign films.

90
Absorbing, Intelligent, Quirky, Resonant, Entertaining

See it if you loved the musical, and want to learn what issues had to be dealt with in the transition from film to stage. The film is very worthwhile.

Don't see it if you aren't curious about the process of adapting a film into a musical, or if you find the basic story uninteresting.

Also This was my first Stage and Screen experience with Show-Score. The one... Read more Read less

85
Delightful, Refreshing, Relevant, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if You saw the live musical. The film is similar to the musical and very enjoyable.

Don't see it if If you want a fast-paced, action-packed film.

Also I liked the talk prior to film, learning about the making of theater f... Read more Read less

85
Absorbing, Intelligent, Entertaining, Informative

See it if you like talk-back sessions where you learn more about the flow/decisions made to produce a film/play; or if you did not see the movie.

Don't see it if if you have no interest in seeing The Band's Visit play or movie.

Also Although the talk-back was very interesting, it would have worked much... Read more Read less

84
Absorbing, Edgy, Exquisite, Profound, Resonant

See it if you appreciate good acting, displaying a range of emotions, and have a hope for peace in the middle east

Don't see it if you tend to look at life through dark colored glasses

82
Funny, Great acting, Slow moving

See it if like good acting and want to look at something that depicts arabs and israelis in a peaceful situation

Don't see it if if you like movies that move at a quicker pace

80
Funny, Thought-provoking, Refreshing, Slow, Entertaining

See it if You’ve always wanted to see the source material for the musical, and would rather watch on the big screen than on a TV.

Don't see it if You dislike artist Q&As (especially those with rather generic questions) or disliked the musical. The movie is pretty slow.

80
Funny, Absorbing, Profound, Entertaining, Deeply-touching

See it if you've seen & enjoyed the bdwy musical (show's book is almost exactly like the movie, except for the beautiful bdwy score). MUST see both.

Don't see it if you don't want to read subtitles. Bdwy musical & movie are BOTH magical, but the movie offers close-ups & nuances that the bdwy show can't.

Also Appreciated the subtitles (the musical needs them).... Read more Read less

78
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Great writing

See it if You want to see very warm film

Don't see it if You’re expecting a musical

56
Disappointing

See it if you want to see the film & hear a little about how a simple small-scale foreign movie transferred to Broadway as a musical

Don't see it if you expect this to be an experience where you actually meet other people and socialize and have fun

100
Funny, Delightful, Romantic

See it if I loved it! It had wit, humor and romance. I also enjoyed its quirkiness.

Don't see it if It was multi-lingual (English/Arabic/Hebrew). Not sure why the English parts had subtitles. Also, the titles and credits were

Also incomprehensible. They should have been translated into English, espec... Read more Read less

95
Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Intelligent, Great singing

See it if I really enjoyed the culture and music this show provides, leaves you thinking and wanting more.

Don't see it if Not a typical musical, could be a straight play, but the music is magnificent