The Donmar Warehouse in London has revealed the cast for its forthcoming European premiere of David Yazbek and Itamar Moses’ musical The Band’s Visit.
The multi-Tony award-winning show will be directed by Donmar Warehouse Artistic Director Michael Longhurst, and will run at the Donmar from 26 September to 3 December 2022.
The show is led by two major Israeli stars: award-winning film, TV and stage actor Alon Moni Aboutboul (main picture, left) and seven-time winner of Israeli Female Singer of the Year award, and judge on the Israeli version of American Idol, Miri Mesika.
Other cast and onstage band includes Peter Polycarpou, Emma Kingston, Sharif Afifi, Jason Alder, Marc Antolin, Harel Glazer, Levi Goldmeier, Ido Gonen, Michal Horowicz, Shira Kravitz, Nitai Levi, Yali Topol Margalith, Ashley Margolis, Carlos Mendoza de Hevia, Ant Romero, Idlir Shyti, Maya Kristal Tenenbaum, Sargon Yeldaand Baha Yetkin.
Michael Longhurst said in a statement that: “I am so proud we are assembling this astonishing cast, musicians and creative team, to tell this beautiful story and cannot wait for audiences to discover the power of this Tony-winning musical here in London for the first time.”
The Band’s Visit is based on the screenplay by Eran Kolirin, and is about a band of musicians arriving lost in a small town. As they wait for the next bus out, these unexpected visitors bring the town to life in surprising ways, proving that even the briefest visit can stay with you forever.
The show won 10 Tony Awards on Broadway, and a Grammy for Best Musical Theatre Album
Joining Michael Longhurst in the creative team is Musical Supervisor: Nigel Lilley; Designer: Soutra Gilmour; Lighting Designer: Anna Watson; Sound Designer: Paul Groothuis; Choreography, Movement & Intimacy Director: Yarit Dor; Casting Director: Anna Cooper CDG; Musical Director: Tarek Merchant; Associate Director: Orr Benezra-Segal; Assistant Musical Director: Natalie Pound; Resident Assistant Director: Dadiow Lin; Cultural Consultant: Dr Lina Khatib; Arabic Music Consultant: Attab Haddad; Dialect Coaches: Khaled Abunaama and Caitlin Stegemoller. Also, Assistant Designer: Lucy Sneddon; Assistant Lighting Designer: Cat Salvini; and Assistant Sound Designer: Daberechi Ukoha-Kalu.