It's fair to say that Broadway has never seen a musical like The Band's Visit -- the alluringly quiet, alternately heartbreaking and dryly humorous story of an Egyptian band of musicians stranded for one night in a desert Israeli town. After an off-Broadway run last fall widely that earned the show based on a 2007 movie of the same name praise as the year's best, it just transferred to the Great White Way to even more rave reviews.
Composer David Yazbek, along with cast members Katrina Lenk, George Abud and Adam Kantor joined host Rebecca Milzoff on the Billboard on Broadway podcast to chat about what makes their show so special.
"On paper, it might be described as a musical in which very little happens, but underneath it of course a lot happens," says Kantor. It's Yazbek's music -- a "cornucopia of sounds," Lenk says -- that carries the story along. "Each song is very character specific and has a unique sense of fun David carries with him," Kantor explains.