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The Reviews for THE BAND’S VISIT are In…

The Band's Visit

Tony Shalhoub, Ari’el Stachel and Katrina Lenk in The Band’s Visit. Photo by Sara Krulwich/The New York Times

The Band’s Visit is open, and the critics are captivated by this intimate and “miraculous” new musical. The songs by David Yazbeck are beautiful and confident at once, while the book by Itamar Moses has grown richer with the move from the Atlantic to the Barrymore. The cast is tremendous; Katrina Lenk and Tony Shalhoub lead with thoughtful, precise performances and the ensembles offers equally riveting performances with undeniable character and spirit. Not since Hamilton has a new musical received such universal praise, and, like Hamilton, there’s nothing else quite like The Band’s Visit on Broadway. Don’t miss it.

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NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF THE BAND’S VISIT

Breaking news for Broadway theatergoers, even — or perhaps especially — those who thought they were past the age of infatuation: It is time to fall in love again. One of the most ravishing musicals you will ever be seduced by opened on Thursday night at the Barrymore Theater. It is called “The Band’s Visit,” and it’s undeniable…

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TIME OUT NEW YORK REVIEW OF THE BAND’S VISIT

In a musical that is full of beautiful moments, perhaps the loveliest is the one shared on a plain park bench by Dina (Katrina Lenk), an Israeli café owner, and Tewfiq (Tony Shalhoub), an Egyptian bandleader stranded for the night in her uneventful desert town in 1996. As members of his ceremonial police orchestra play…

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AM NEW YORK REVIEW OF THE BAND’S VISIT

Broadway musicals traditionally begin with a bang, a rousing overture or an elaborate, entertaining and informative opening number to grab the audience’s attention. In stark contrast is “The Band’s Visit,” which begins with a tongue-in-cheek warning that it involves a small overseas incident — some Egyptian musicians who get…

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ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY REVIEW OF THE BAND’S VISIT

The Arabic language doesn’t have an equivalent to the English letter “p” in its alphabet. That might have something to do with why an Egyptian military band traveling to Israel for a performance accidentally arrives not in the metropolitan Petah Tikvah, but instead in the (fictional) Bet Hatikva, a tiny dot of concrete in the…

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HOLLYWOOD REPORTER REVIEW OF THE BAND’S VISIT

One of the small miracles of The Band’s Visit is that this wistful new musical — in which themes of waiting, yearning and inertia play a significant part — weaves such seduction out of ephemeral encounters unfolding over a single uneventful night. As soothing as a cool breeze across desert sands, this gorgeous, minor-key show…

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