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THE BAND’S VISIT U.S. Tour Overview
Primarily based on the award successful 2007 Israeli movie, The Band’s Go to, this musical by the identical identify simply occurred to win the coveted “Huge Six” Tony Awards together with – Finest Musical, Finest Ebook, Finest Rating, Finest Actor in a Musical, Finest Actress in a Musical, and Finest Course of a Musical going up towards nice reveals like Disney’s Frozen and Imply Women – The Musical (coming to Costa Mesa in 2023). It additionally received the 2019 Grammy Award for Finest Musical Theater Album.
The story is ready in Israel in 1997. Whereas some readers may not be sufficiently old to recollect what was occurring within the Center East in 1997, others will simply keep in mind the Island of Peace Bloodbath and a number of other Palestinian Arab suicide bombers together with the Café Apropo bombing in March.
So with that as a backdrop, think about an Egyptian police orchestra arriving in Israel to carry out at an Arabic Cultural Heart. Nonetheless, attributable to a pronunciation situation they wind up in a small desert city referred to as Guess Hatikva the place the locals live monotonous lives. Generously, the native cafe proprietor, Dina [Janet Dacal], affords to feed the lads and places them up in her place, the cafe, and arranges for a couple of extra to spend the night time along with her two employees, Papi [Coby Getzug] and Itzik [Clay Singer].
What follows is a collection of mini vignettes that includes the interactions and connections between the Israelis and their Arabic visitors. Highlights embrace a trio of fathers together with Simon [Original Cast Member James Rana], who performs the clarinet within the band and has been engaged on his personal unfinished concerto. He’s staying at Itzik’s dwelling the place he compassionately connects with the 2 Israeli fathers, Iztik and his father-in-law Avrum [David Studwell], over a need to take care of and love their households. Particular reward for Mr. Rana who not solely acts nicely however performs his clarinet gorgeously and with nice tone.
Extra highlights embrace Getzug as Papi, a nervous younger man who can not muster the braveness to speak along with his crush. His track, “Papi Hears the Ocean“, must be probably the most attractive sung track of the present. To not be not noted are the main woman, Dacal, and main man, Sasson Gabay as Lieutenant-Colonel Tewfiq. Janet Dacal in all probability has one of many hardest jobs to sing and converse with a closely accent. Talking of accents, kuddos to all of the solid for doing such an ideal job appearing and talking and singing like English is a tough second language.
The identify Sasson Gabay might need caught your consideration in connection to The Band’s Go to. You wouldn’t be improper to suppose there’s a connection. He performed the function of Colonel Tewfiq within the unique 2007 Israeli movie and was awarded the European Movie Awards‘ Finest Actor. Whereas the character doesn’t have any huge solos and even many talking traces, what he does evoke is an intelligence and compassion born of many hardships and life experiences in his native Egypt. And his interactions with Janet Dacal in addition to the band are spot-on and impactful.
Whereas no life is irreversibly modified due to the band’s go to to Guess Hatikva, the viewers and characters’ lives are extra enriched in consequence. There’s a larger appreciation for the language of music and love that transcends race, faith, conflict/battle, and language. Moreover, the characters train one another the significance of forgiveness, compassion, hope, and braveness.
These are all nice classes that we will all take away from the present. And in case you are fortunate sufficient to see The Band’s Go to on tour, you will be in for a deal with. It may not be the lighthearted fare of The Little Mermaid or the blockbuster spectacle like Anastasia the Musical however it’s a present with nice coronary heart and compassion. And with a haunting and achingly lovely lighting design by Tyler Micoleau (2018 Tony Award Winner).
I hope you take pleasure in! And don’t run off earlier than or throughout curtain name as a result of there’s a particular instrumental deal with instantly afterwards!
Be aware – there’s NO intermission
The place to See THE BAND’S VISIT
The Band’s Go to is presently enjoying at Costa Mesa’s Segerstrom Heart for the Arts by April 3, 2022.
Tickets – http://www.scfta.org
Future Dates on Tour embrace…
Iowa Metropolis, IA (4/6/22-4/7/22)
Lincoln, NE (4/9/22-4/10/22)
Memphis, TN (4/12/22-4/17/22)
Detroit, MI (4/19/22-5/1/22)
Tampa, FL (5/4/22-5/8/22)
Rochester, NY (6/7/22-6/12/22)
Worcester, MA (6/16/22-6/19/22)
Washington, DC (7/5/22-7/17/22)
Cincinnati, OH (7/19/22-7/24/22)
Richmond, VA (7/26/22-7/31/22)
As a result of Pandemic, it’s best to verify together with your venue about vaccination and masks necessities. At the moment (as of three/24/22), Segerstrom Heart for the Arts is requiring each vaccination playing cards and masks for all patrons.
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