THE BAND’S VISIT presented by Broadway in Cincinnati through July 24. I attended the opening night performance. 

BIC_The Bands Visit

Janet Dacal and Sasson Gabay. Photo by Evan Zimmerman, MurphyMade.

The 2018 Tony Award Winner for Best Musical makes a one week visit to the Aronoff Center this week. This intimate story of connection has several funny and warm moments in the 90-minute intermission-less production.

The set design is clever. The use of turn tables keeps the action moving from scene to scene.

The pacing of the show is a little off. Too many pregnant pauses worked against the building of any kind of momentum.

Sound issues at the Aronoff on opening night is not anything new, and they are usually corrected quickly. Unfortunately, that was not the case this opening night. I struggled the entire show to understand what was being said due to the character’s heavy accents and the woefully under-amplified microphones. I overheard this complaint from multiple people in the exiting audience and have seen it online from people who attended opening night. I do expect this problem to be addressed for their remaining performances.

Overall, a frustrating experience.

My rating: 4.0 out of 5.

Click here for more information on the production.

RUSH JUST ANNOUNCED: Students, seniors, members of the military, teachers, and first responders with valid IDs can purchase up to two (2) tickets for all performances of The Band’s Visit running now through July 24 at 50% off current pricing. Available in-person while supplies last at the Aronoff Ticket Office only, 2 hours prior to the performance.


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