Last week, my wife surprised me with tickets to “The Band’s Visit”, the outstanding Broadway musical starring Katrina Lenk, Sasson Gabay, and Ari’el Stachel. Despite the temperature, we ventured out on a chilly New York City night—she in a quilted goose down parka and leather pants, me in a quilted field jacket and indigo mud cloth scarf—to absorb the rich sights and sounds of the performance.

For the readers accustomed to streaming movies and Instagram Stories, no matter how hi-fi your home entertainment system is, it can’t compare to the depth of a live performance. Sitting with like-minded attendees in a darkened theater with immersive sound and thematic lighting delivers a sensory experience unmatched in a home environment. It’s something you have to experience to truly appreciate.

From the website:

THE BAND’S VISIT is the winner of 10 Tony Awards, making it one of the most Tony-winning musicals in history. In this delightfully offbeat story, set in a town that’s way off the beaten path, a band of musicians arrive lost, out of the blue. Under the spell of the desert sky, and with beautiful music perfuming the air, the band brings the town to life in unexpected and tantalizing ways. Even the briefest visit can stay with you forever.

Curiously, this show has won the hearts of one of New York City’s marginalized communities—those of Middle Eastern descent. Fans of all ages have taken a liking to Ari’el Stachel (who played Haled, the awkward, youthful Egyptian playboy who was unintentionally responsible for the life-changing events in the play). They’ve embraced him as their voice speaking favorably for their community.

Watch “The Band’s Visit” for the inclusivity, the beautiful score, the humor, the choreography, or whatever interests you most. Buy a ticket anyway, it’s worth watching.

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