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‘The Band’s Visit’ Sweeps Up Tonys

UPDATED: Based on one of Israel’s most celebrated movies — the multiple Ophir-winning “Bikur HaTizmoret” (“The Band’s Visit,” 2007) by Eran Kolirin — “The Band’s Visit” is this year’s surprise Broadway hit.

The musical debuted with Tony Shalhoub (“Monk” and “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”) playing — and singing! — alongside Katrina Lenk (who recently starred in “Indecent”).

Nominated for 11 Tony awards, “The Band’s Visit” swept up ten, winning for best musical, best book, best score, best direction of a musical and more. (Full list here.)

That Itamar Moses, who wrote the book for the musical, is one of America’s brightest young writers was confirmed by his winning his first Tony. Read the Forward interviews with him from 2011 and from March, 2018, just before the Tony nominations.

Here he is backstage after winning the Tony.

Here is a complete list of the Tony awards won by “The Band’s Visit.”

Best New Musical
The Band’s Visit

Best Original Score
David Yazkbek

Best Direction of a Musical
David Cromer

Best Performance by a Lead Actor in a Musical Tony Shalhoub

Best Performance by a Lead Actress in a Musical Katrina Lenk

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical
Ari’el Stachel

Best Book of a Musical
Itamar Moses

Best Orchestrations
Jamshied Sharifi

Best Sound Design of a Musical
Kai Harada

Best Lighting Design of a Musical
Tyler Micoleau

For more Tony award information and gossip, check out The Schmooze on Monday.


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