Overview


Synopsis

It is 1996, and through an error in pronunciation, the Alexandria Ceremonial Police Orchestra is stranded in the isolated desert town of Bet Havitka, Israel (rather than the city Petah Tikva, their actual destination). Without knowing the language and with very little money, the band members - led by conductor Tewfiq Zakaria - are welcomed by the locals, including cafe owner Dina and her two employees, Papi and Itzik. During this one night in a sleepy town where nothing much changes, the Egyptian band members and their Israeli hosts communicate in English (their only common language) and find their mutual love of music, whether traditional Middle Eastern ballads or American jazz and Chet Baker. Winner of ten Tony Awards and a score based in traditional middle eastern styles (with musicians planted all around the stage), The Band’s Visit appeals to the universal romance and passion people find in music, no matter where they are from.


Characters

Female

Lead

Mezzo-Soprano, Alto

Male

Lead

Baritone

Male

Supporting

Tenor, Baritone



Show Information

Music
Lyrics
Based on the Play/Book/Film
The Band's Visit, 2007 Israeli film
Category
Number of Acts
1 Act
Tony Award ®
Best Musical 2018
First Produced
2016
Genres
Settings
Contemporary, Multiple Settings
Time & Place
1996, Bet Hatikva, Negev, Israel
Cast Size
Orchestra Size
Medium
Dancing
Musical Staging
Ideal For
College/University, Professional Theatre, Regional Theatre, Star Vehicle Female, Theatre
Casting Notes
Mostly male cast
Includes adult, mature adult, young adult characters

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