SASSON GABAY AND CHILINA KENNEDY PREVIEW THE NATIONAL TOUR OF THE BAND’S VISIT

The 2018 Tony-winning Best Musical will launch its 14-month tour June 25 in Rhode Island.

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Ahead of launching its first national tour, the touring company of The Band’s Visit offers a sneak peek of what audiences will see on the road beginning June 25. Watch the video above as the cast performs “Welcome to Nowhere”.

The tour kicks off at the Providence Performing Arts Center in Rhode Island before playing over 30 cities, including Chicago, Boston, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Denver, and Washington, D.C. The tour is currently scheduled to conclude in Costa Mesa, California at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in August 2020.

Sasson Gabay, the star of the original Israeli film on which the musical is based (and who took over for Tony Shalhoub on Broadway), will reprise his performance as lead Tewfiq. Chilina Kennedy (Beautiful–The Carole King Musical, Jesus Christ Superstar) will join him as Dina.

The Band’s Visit, about an Egyptian police orchestra accidentally stranded in an Israeli desert town and the unexpected bonds that form over their single day there, premiered at Off-Broadway’s Atlantic Theater Company before opening on Broadway in November 2017 and going on to win 10 Tony Awards that season.

The touring cast also includes Joe Joseph as Haled, Pomme Koch as Itzik, and James Rana as Simon, Adam Gabay (Sasson Gabay’s son) as Papi, Jennifer Apple as Anna, Marc Ginsburg as Sammy, Kendal Hartse as Iris, Sara Kapner as Julia, Ronnie Malley as Camal, Or Schraiber as Zelger, David Studwell as Avrum, and Mike Cefalo as Telephone Guy, as well as Danny Burgos, Loren Lester, Nick Sacks, Hannah Shankman, and Bligh Voth.