'The Band's Visit' co-stars Katrina Lenk and Tony Shalhoub. 'The Band's Visit' co-stars Katrina Lenk and Tony Shalhoub. 'The Band's Visit' co-stars Katrina Lenk and Tony Shalhoub. (Photo: The Band's Visit)

'The Band's Visit' earns 11 Tony nominations, including Best Musical

Israeli comedy-turned-musical also scored nods for best actor, actress and direction.

Critical acclaim has followed "The Band's Visit" seemingly everywhere, from its burgeoning success as a movie in Israel to its glowing debut on Broadway. And now comes news that the musical has become 2018's theatrical darling, thanks to a whopping 11 Tony nominations – including Best Musical.

The show, about an Egyptian band that shows up in a remote Israeli village, is up for best original score (David Yazbek), best orchestrations (Jamshied Sharifi), best scenic design (Scott Pask), best book of a musical (Itamar Moses), best leading actress (Katrina Lenk), best leading actor (Tony Shalhoub), best featured actor (Ariel Stachel), best direction of a musical (David Cromer) and best lighting design (Tyler Micoleau), best sound design (Kai Harada) and best musical.

The show has made a star out of Katrina Lenk, an experienced stage actress who's received heaping praise for her role as Dina.


The musical is based on a 2007 hit Israeli comedy. The film has a 98% positive score on Rotten Tomatoes. A Boston Globe critic gushed: "It's a small, profoundly satisfying movie that keeps echoing long after it's over." At the time, Roger Ebert named it one of the 20 best films of the year.

The cast performed on the "Today" show this morning. Watch as they found out about their Tony nominations.

"I don't know what to say," stammered a shocked Shalhoub. "If someone were to ask me what's the most unlikely thing to happen in my career, it would be to be nominated in a musical."

The Tony Awards will be broadcast live on June 18 at 5 p.m. Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban will host.


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