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The Band’s Visit, based on Israeli film, sweeps Tony awards

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Published: 11 June 2018

Last updated: 5 March 2024

THE SHIMMERING MUSICAL The Band’s Visit, based on Israeli film of the same name, was the big winner at the Tony Awards on Sunday, capturing the best musical award and nine other prizes.

The Band’s Visit, about an Egyptian band that accidentally winds up in a dusty Israeli backwater, won awards for best direction, leading actor, leading actress, orchestration, sound design, original score, best book of a musical, lighting and featured actor Ari’el Stachel, who gave a heartfelt speech about his Israeli-American heritage.

“For so many years of my life I pretended I was not a Middle Eastern person,” he said, addressing his Israeli-Yemeni father and Ashkenazi New York mother in the audience. He thanked the creators of the show “for being courageous for telling a small story about Arabs and Israelis getting along at a time that we need that more than ever.”

FULL STORY ‘The Band’s Visit,’ based on Israeli film, wins best musical in Tony sweep (Times of Israel)

Photo: scene from the Broadway show

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