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The misadventures of an Egyptian “Ceremonial Police Orchestra” stranded in a remote Israeli town are hardly the ordinary fare of a Broadway musical. Nonetheless, The Band’s Visit has captivated both audiences and critics, straight from a sold-out run at the Atlantic Theater Company last season. “It is time to fall in love with one of the most ravishing musicals ever,” wrote Ben Brantley of The New York Times. Rex Reed called it “a work of perfection.”

But that fictional Egyptian band didn’t start off on stage. It sprang to life in a 2007 Israeli film of the same name, one of the best movies of the year according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The Streicker Center is delighted to present the film and a fascinating discussion with key players in its screen-to-stage journey:

Eran Kolirin, Screenwriter and director, film

  • Tony Shalhoub, Star of Broadway production
  • Itamar Moses, Playwright
  • Michael Paulson, Theater Reporter, New York Times



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