Billboard on Broadway Podcast: The Unorthodox Allure of 'The Band's Visit'
publish date: 2017-11-10
The film's unique story was a big part of its appeal. "I fell in love with it instantly, and was so curious how it would be turned into a musical," says Lenk, "because it's so much about what people don't see, and stillness and awkwardness." Abud, who has Lebanese heritage, was especially "thrilled about the idea of Arabic music being incorporated into some kind of story, and that I could use my background and culture in an American musical."
The cast and Yazbek go on to discuss his songwriting and influences, audience reactions and much more.