Sometimes music speaks louder than words.
That is the case when an Egyptian Police Band find themselves in a remote village in the middle of the Israeli desert–where language is the barrier but music is the bridge–in “The Band’s Visit” now playing at Chicago’s Cadillac Palace Theatre (151 W. Randolph) for a limited two-week engagement through September 15, 2019.
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The story unfolds due to a mix up involving language at the border where the band thought they were on their way to perform in the large cultural center of Pehta Tikva but instead find themselves stuck in Bet Hatikva–an enclave in the middle of nowhere–with no way out.
With no bus until morning and no hotel in sight, the band is at a loss to know what to do. But the locals step in with a warm welcome and the human connection takes over.
Winner of ten 2018 Tonys, including Best Musical, the award-winning Israeli slice of life story has taken on a life of its own ever since the 2007 film of the same name got the ball rolling.
Film critic Roger Ebert named “The Band’s Visit” one of his favorite films from 2008 saying “although the writing doesn’t deliver the kind of narrative payoffs viewers might expect, it does do something more valuable: It shows both Arabs and Israelis as “ordinary people with ordinary hopes, lives and disappointments.”
It is refreshing to know that this endearing human story has captured the hearts and accolades of so many and was able to beat out highly touted competitors including “Mean Girls” among others to win 10 of 11 Tonys at the 2018 awards ceremony–breaking the all-time box office record at Broadway’s Barrymore Theatre twice.
In the touring production of “The Band’s Visit, actor Sasson Gabay reprises his role as “Tewfiq” from the 2007 film version as well as on Broadway. Joining him on the tour is Chilina Kennedy in the role of “Dina” (known best for her historic run as Carole King in Broadway’s Beautiful – The Carole King Musical).