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‘The Band’s Visit’ bound for Broadway; ‘Indecent’ extends run

Tony Shalhoub, left, George Abud, Alok Tewari and

Tony Shalhoub, left, George Abud, Alok Tewari and Ari'el Stachel in "The Band's Visit." Photo Credit: Ahron R. Foster

THE SHOW “The Band’s Visit”

THE DEAL Tony Shalhoub (“Monk”), Katrina Lenk (“Indecent”) and John Cariani (“Something Rotten!”), who appeared in “The Band’s Visit” when it premiered Off-Broadway a few months ago, will reprise their roles when the new musical transfers to Broadway’s Barrymore Theatre in the fall. Performances of the show, which is based on a 2007 Israeli film about an Egyptian police band that gets stranded in the Negev desert, will begin Oct. 7. In recent weeks, the musical (which has a score by David Yazbek, “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels”) has been honored by the Drama Critics’ Circle, Lucille Lortel and Obie awards.

THE SHOW “Indecent”

THE DEAL Tear up that closing notice — at least for now. Paula Vogel’s Broadway drama “Indecent,” which announced recently that it would close on June 25, will instead run an additional six weeks. The play, which won Tony Awards for Rebecca Taichman’s direction and Christopher Akerlind’s lighting design, explores Sholem Asch’s controversial Yiddish melodrama “God of Vengeance.” In a statement, producer Daryl Roth said that “the electricity of what is happening at the Cort has been profound” and the extension is meant “to give theatregoers a little more time to see it before we pack up our suitcases for the final time on Aug. 6.”

THE SHOW “The Government Inspector”

THE DEAL Red Bull Theater’s acclaimed revival of Gogol’s 1836 Russian political satire “The Government Inspector” (with an ensemble cast that includes Michael Urie, Michael McGrath and Mary Testa) will transfer to Off-Broadway’s New World Stages for a six-week run beginning July 5. Its current run at the Duke on 42nd Street ended June 24. A play of mistaken identity, “The Government Inspector” observes the chaos in a rural Russian province when the local officials mistake a hapless nobody for an important inspector from the capital.

THE SHOW “Brigadoon”

THE DEAL Very few people get to visit the lost Scottish village of “Brigadoon” (which comes to life just once every 100 years) and one of them will be Patrick Wilson. He is replacing Steven Pasquale, who left City Center’s upcoming November production of the classic Lerner and Loewe musical because of a scheduling conflict (Pasquale will lead Lincoln Center Theater’s Broadway production of Ayad Akhtar’s “Junk.”) Kelli O’Hara and Robert Fairchild will also appear in “Brigadoon.”

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