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Charlotte Talks: Broadway Hit "The Band’s Visit" Visits Charlotte

Photos by Matthew Murphy, Evan Zimmerman

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Meet the stars of the unusual Tony Award Winning Musical, 'The Band’s Visit,' now in Charlotte.

The Band's Visit is visiting Charlotte. The Broadway musical nearly swept the 2018 Tony Awards with 10 wins, including Best Musical. Described as 'joyously offbeat,' it tells the story of Egyptian musicians who find themselves stranded in an Israeli desert town.

We talk with the starring actors about the show and its cultural impact.

Credit Jennifer Worsham/WFAE
Mike with Chilina Kennedy and Sasson Gabay in Charlotte Talks' Spirit Square studio.


Sasson Gabay, actor who plays "Tewfiq" in The Band's Visit, a role he originated in the 2007 Israeli film on which the musical is based. He's had a prominent career in Israeli theatre, television and film.

Chilina Kennedy, actress who plays "Dina" in The Band's Visit. She is best-known for her run as Carole King in Broadway’s Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.

The Band's Visit is at the Knight Theater August 6-25 as part of the Broadway Lights series. Details and tickets.

Erin Keever is Senior Producer of WFAE's Charlotte Talks with Mike Collins. She has been with the show since joining the station in 2006. She's a native Charlottean.