Last season, it swept all the awards off-Broadway. Starting previews on Broadway, Saturday, October 7, “The Band’s Visit,” is considered the early favorite to win the Tony Award for Best Musical this season. It stars Golden Globe and three-time Emmy winning actor Tony Shalhoub, known to TV audiences as quirky detective Adrian Monk. The son of Lebanese-American parents, the Green Bay, Wisconsin native, established an award for Arab- American filmmakers. He plays the conductor of an Egyptian police band that winds up in a remote Israeli village by mistake. Northwestern University grad Katrina Lenk, who won raves in last season’s Tony-nominated play “Indecent,” plays opposite Shalhoub as an Israeli cafe owner who finds shelter for the stranded band members. One critic said her performance “will break your heart.”
FOX’s Jane Metzler talks with the two co-stars about a show that features unusual music, unexpected conflict and a cast that includes both Arab-American and Israeli actors.