Tony Shalhoub in "The Band's Visit." Tony Shalhoub in "The Band's Visit." "The Band's Visit" stars Tony Shalhoub and makes its way to Broadway this fall. (Photo: Ahron R. Foster)

Hit Israeli film to become Broadway musical

'The Band's Visit' is set to hit the big stage this fall.

The band has found its way to Broadway.

“The Band’s Visit” was a hit Israeli fllm in 2007. The comedy featured an Egyptian band that mistakenly winds up lost in a remote town while in Israel for a concert. The movie will now be transformed into a Broadway musical and open at the Barrymore Theater in November.

The film won eight awards from the Israeli Film Academy as well as a golden tomato for best foreign film by Rotten Tomatoes. It was also named one of the year's best by The Hollywood Reporter.

As for the stage production, it isn't without its own impressive credentials. A successful Off-Broadway run last December earned it rave reviews and netted it the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Musical.

Actor Tony Shalhoub (from the TV show “Monk”) is set to reprise his lead role as Tewfiq, and co-star Katrina Lenk (the star of Broadway’s Tony-winning “Once,” another film-to-stage adaptation) will also return as Dina. Music and lyrics are by the Tony-nominated composer David Yazbek (“The Full Monty”).

The production is in keeping with a Broadway tradition of adapting popular films to the stage. In recent years, everything from "The Producers" to "The Lion King" has made its way from the big screen to Broadway, and with great success.

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