The Band’s Visit star Tony Shalhoub will take a temporary hiatus from the Broadway musical beginning March 1. Dariush Kashani steps into the role of Egyptian police band leader Tewfiq in the interim.
Shalhoub, who leaves to film the second season of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, will return to the Ethel Barrymore stage in May for select performances, then sharing the role with Kashani as he wraps production on the Amazon series. A performance schedule will be announced at a later date.
Kashani made his Broadway debut last year in Oslo; his additional credits include The Invisible Hand and Homebody/Kabul Off-Broadway.
The current cast also includes Katrina Lenk, John Cariani, Ari'el Stachel, George Abud, Etai Benson, Adam Kantor, Andrew Polk, Bill Army, Rachel Prather, Jonathan Raviv, Sharone Sayegh, Kristen Sieh, and Alok Tewari.
The David Yazbek and Itamar Moses musical, directed by David Cromer, opened on Broadway in November following a world premiere production with Atlantic Theater Company, which earned Lucille Lortel, New York Drama Critics Circle, Outer Critics Circle, Off-Broadway Alliance, and Obie Awards.
Based on the 2007 Israeli film of the same name, the show tells the story of an Egyptian police band, who, after a mixup at the border, find themselves in a remote village in the middle of the Israeli desert.