The Israeli movie turned play: "The Band's Visit" won 10 Tony Awards last night - including best musical

By Time Out Israel Writers
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The theatrical adaptation of Eran Kolirin's debut film won, among other wins, the best musical award - even over the ever popular "Frozen" and "Mean Girls". Last night, the ceremony was held for the 72nd time in New York
 
"The Band's Visit," a musical based on the Israeli film of the same name, won no less than 10 Tony Awards last night - including the award for 'Best Musical'. The production, which took place this year on Broadway, was nominated for a total of 11 awards. Among other things, the musical won for 'Original Soundtrack', 'Best Actor', 'Best Director' and more. In the main category The Band's Visit beat out "Frozen", "Mean Girls" and "SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical." 
Tony Shalhoub, winner of the award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
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"The Band's Visit" is the first film by director Eran Kolirin from 2007. The film won eight Ophir Awards at the time, in addition to great critical and commercial success in Israel and abroad, with prizes from many festivals around the world. The film featured Ronit Elkabetz, Sasson Gabai, Saleh Bakri and others. The theatrical adaptation was written by the playwright Itamar Mozes, with songs written by David Yazbek and directed by David Cromer (who all won awards). The musical premiered Off-Broadway in November 2016, where it was successfully screened for several months until it arrived to Broadway in October 2017.
"Harry Potter and the Cursed Child," a sort of staged sequel based on JK Rowling's books, won six awards - including the best play award. The very new "Mean Girls", based on Tina Fey's 2004 cult movie, was nominated in 12 categories but did not win any of them. Another prominent play in the ceremony was "Angels in America," which was nominated in 11 categories and won three awards, including 'Original Play' and 'Soundtrack'.

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