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Tony winner plays Cleveland series

The Tony Award-winning musical “The Band’s Visit” comes to the Connor Palace for a three-week run as part of the KeyBank Broadway Series.

The David Yazek-Itamar Moses musical is based on the 2007 film of the same name about what happens when the Egyptian Police Band is sent mistakenly to a remote village in the middle of the Israeli desert. With no bus until morning and no hotel in sight, these unlikely travelers are taken in by the locals. Under the spell of the desert sky, their lives become intertwined in the most unexpected ways.

Sasson Gabay, who played Tewfiq in the film and later on Broadway, will reprise the role on the national tour. Tony Shalhoub won a Tony Award for originating the role on Broadway. That is one of 10 Tony Awards the show won in 2018 — including best musical, best book and best original score — during its 568-performance run.

Chilina Kennedy, whose Broadway credits include the title role in “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical” and Mary Magdalene in the 2012 production of “Jesus Christ Superstar,” will play Dina in the touring production.

David Cromer, a Tony winner for directing the Broadway production, directs the tour, and the creative team also includes Patrick McCollum, choreographer; Scott Pask, set designer; Sarah Laux, costume designer; Tony Tyler Micoleau, lighting designer; Tony Kai Harada, sound designer; and Tony winner Jamshied Sharifi, orchestrations.

“The Band’s Visit” runs Tuesday through Nov. 24 at the Connor Palace, Playhouse Square, 1519 Euclid Ave., Cleveland. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets range from $10 to $100 and are available online at www.playhousesquare.org and by calling 216-241-6000.

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