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Average customer review: 2.0 star rating (2.2 Stars)

Number of reviews: 28

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5.0 star rating from Toronto, Ontario

BRILLIANT

This was a beautiful, don't listen to people calling it boring. It's thoughtful, moving, extremely well acted, and has great music. A must see.

5.0 star rating APT from Toronto, Ontario

BRILLIANT

This is not your everyday traditional "mainstream" musical (e.g. cats, phantom, Les mis) and will likely not have the same mass people. BUT... This is a work of art where silence on stage is golden and there is nuance with each move. The music is beautiful and the acting phenomenal. A must see for lovers of all things broadway. My only critic is the the Mirvish theatre where, once again, I felt the sound was muffled. Wish they would deal with this given the ticket prices

5.0 star rating Eli from Cleveland, Ohio

BEAUTIFUL AND NOT NEEDING THE FLASHY STUFF

If you want explosions and Disney, look elsewhere. If you want something beautiful that speaks to the heart gently and passionately, go see this show.

5.0 star rating SusieO from Dallas, Texas

DELIGHTFUL!

I loved this! I left feeling refreshed and happy.

5.0 star rating EJ Chachee from Dallas TX

ACCIDENTAL BEAUTY

Simple miscommunication leads a band to a small town where laughter is shared, music is played and hearts are explored. Beautiful things happen when you sit with strangers and share hearts. Dina (Janet Dacal) couldn’t be more gorgeous. Papi and Haled contrast very well and go from hysterical to smooth in an instant. Phone guy hits his note and do not leave after the bow!!!! Bought the cd and met cast at stage door. Beautiful people. Thank you!

5.0 star rating EJ from St. Louis, Missouri

STARS ALL SHINE

We've all gotten directions mixed up and unexpected hospitality is always a delight. This happens! Lots of laughs and truths. A band absorbed by strangers and a town changed by the band. Dina and Haled shine !!! Popi - love your song! Even Sasson has a tune!!! LOVED IT !!! Bought the CD - not the current cast tho just FYI.

4.0 star rating Lauren Blatt from Toronto, Ontario

I LOVED THE BAND’S VISIT

What drew me to this musical is the beautiful score and clever lyrics . The story is about people from different cultures communicating and helping each other . It’s an uplifting story . The cast is excellent. If you only like “razz a matazz” musicals , this is not for you . If you can appreciate a story about people and beautiful music , you will love it .

4.0 star rating Mary FJ from Minneapolis, Minnesota

BEAUTIFUL SIMPLY

No, this does not deliver at breakneck social media speed. You wait, you listen, you watch. And then it delivers. Laughs, sweetness, hauntingly beautiful music, and being transported to another facet of life. Slow down, relax and enjoy!

4.0 star rating Gail A. from Dallas, Texas

REALLY REFRESHING AND BEAUTIFUL

I totally enjoyed this musical. The story was deep and sweet, while simple. The music was the best. It was so surprising to hear something really different, not just the same old, same old. The middle eastern flavor, combined with classic American pop, was really fun. The musicians, singers and actors were all high quality. No, this is not constant excitement , overdone and flashy, but it was soothing and definitely entertaining. Thanks for a terrific night of theater!

2.0 star rating TWD from Louisville, Kentucky

WORST MUSICAL EVER

Last night's performance was the first Broadway Series show I have ever walked out on because it was so boring.

1.0 star rating Very Dissapointed from Toronto, Ontario

BORING. PERIOD

I have no idea how this show managed to win ANY awards. You keep waiting for something to happen... But nothing ever does. The ONLY enjoyable part was the last 5 minutes when the Band FINALLY plays!! Why, oh why wasn't there more of the Band?? Do not waste your theatre dollars on this boring show!

1.0 star rating Kk from Toronto, Ontario

NOT MY TYPE

very slow paced. not interesting at all. Can't compare to Come From Away which is way more uplifting.

1.0 star rating Richard from Stouffville

SLOW, TEDIOUS, BORING

I found this play to be the worst I have ever seen. I wish that there had been an intermission so I could leave but I had to get up and walk out during the performance ; it was that bad.

1.0 star rating Ashley from Toronto, Ontario

DISAPPOINTING

I really wanted to like this and enjoyed the general premise of the play but for a musical there just wasn't enough big numbers for me. Especially for a musical about A BAND! I was in the nosebleed seats and I felt so lost the whole way through, I couldn't really make out what the actors were saying and I couldn't feel any sort of intimacy surrounding their interactions. None of the characters were likeable and I really just didn't care about what happened with them by the end. When they finally broke out into a big number I thought it was the intermission until I realised it was the end!! Feels like something that would have been better in a smaller, more intimate venue or maybe Toronto missed the mark with the execution.

1.0 star rating Ian Lawrence from Toronto, Ontario

THE BANDS VISIT

No redeeming features. Sadly, no intermission making it more difficult to leave early.

1.0 star rating MM from Innisfil Ontario

THE BAND’S VISIT

Wish I had the two hours back, instead of wasting my time sitting at a Mirvish theatre today. This was awful. Have never left the theatre for any production yet, had there been an intermission I would have. I really can’t justify giving 1 star. But it seems I cannot give it a zero

1.0 star rating Lesley Moore from Toronto, Ontario

WORST PLAY EVER

This is a bad play. It’s been a very long time since I saw such a bad play at Mirvish. I couldn’t believe they charged me money to see it. I realized why they didn’t have an intermission. It was so I couldn’t walk out. My friend wanted to climb over the seats to get out as she was trapped in her seat in the middle of the row. The characters were not interesting and there were long silences as if they had forgotten the words. On the other hand, there were 6 of us saw this show, and 3 of us hated it and 3 loved it. I think you either love this play or hated it, nothing inbetween.

1.0 star rating JPKoko from Toronto, Ontario

ABSOLUTELY HORRIBLE!

I cannot understand how this production won awards. It’s horrible. It’s 20 minutes of dialogue stretched out over 95 minutes. The pregnant pauses when delivering lines were big enough to drive a truck through. I kept thinking the performers forgot their lines. A couple of good songs and a neat revolving stage were the only highlights. The script and the directing killed it. Do not see this. If you do, remember, I told you so ....

1.0 star rating Geoff and Sharon from Toronto, Ontario

THE BANDS VISIT: THE BANDS 2 HOUR TORTURE

I love the theatre but this show was just plain boring.. Should be a choice for 0 Stars. It did not engage the audience in any way. Many people left half way and we would have too but we were waiting for half time (which didn't happen). Suffice to say the Show Memorabilia stand, selling T shirts, Hats and programs did NOT have a line up If you are an insomniac and need to find a cure, see this show.

1.0 star rating from Toronto, Ontario

TEDIOUS

A part of the definition of "tedious" is "too long". It wasn't very long, it just seemed that way. Tiresome and monotonous are bang on though. The pregnant pauses were too pregnant, I couldn't identify with any of the characters. The story has potential, but unfortunately that potential was never fulfilled. Difficult to hear, a smaller venue may have been more appropriate.

1.0 star rating from Toronto, Ontario

HORRENDOUS.

Never seen such a slow paced musical with so many long breaks of silence and awkward meaningless dialogue. The singers were quite good but goodness gracious, the script was absolutely awful. Having never been to a bad musical before, I was skeptical of the reviews I've read here prior to going. After having experienced it, I wish I would've taken everyone's advice here. Would not recommend.

1.0 star rating Nikki Gauthier from Toronto, Ontario

THE BAND'S VISIT

Sadly did not get anything out of this play/musical. So many still moments, delayed dialogue, like dead wood. Had a few chuckles here and there but this play does not maintain any type of momentum whatsoever. One main plot with three subplots. Difficult to connect with any one character. Three different languages spoken but I can't stay that this deterred the likability for me - LOVED the band at the end and what a shame they did not play more. Actors not faulted here, the storyline lacks serious development.

1.0 star rating Alina from Toronto, Ontario

SUPER-SUPER BORING SHOW

Do not recommend this show. No plot, very boring, slow. I am very sad to spend my time for this. Please spend some time with your family or your close people instead of this play.My expectations were so high and at the end I am so frustrated.Only one thing Band played very nice at the end of the show.

1.0 star rating Cynthia from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

BORING

We are season ticket holders. Sadly, this was a sleeper. I was looking forward to it since I studied in Israel. It was a waste of my money.

1.0 star rating Francisco Scaramanga from Schenectady, New York

THE BANDS VISIT TERRIBLE

That was the worst play I’ve ever seen. Six of us left after 30 minutes. Could not understand a word they said. Super slow and boring. Don’t waste your money.

1.0 star rating Abbey Cash from Schenectady, New York

THE BAND'S VISIT

There was a very limited story embraced by very limited acting, and very limited music. It should be re-titled "The Emperor's New Clothes" - then people would know what to expect. I came in support and left in disappointment! The story was meaningless and ill communicated - too bad!

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THE WORST IS NOT STRONG ENOUGH A WORD.

I was able to get a last minute seat for $30. I over paid $29.99. Two hours of fingernails over glass would have been much better. The best part of the evening is when I used the toilet. Oh my God-this musical won awards? Who voted-Helen Keller? Open heart surgery without anesthetic would have made a better evening. I support Palestinian rights but I almost wished the band would have been Palestinian rather than Egyptian so the Israelis could murder them and I could leave after 10 minutes.

1.0 star rating Charlie Green from St. Louis, Missouri

AWFUL, BORING, WORST SHOW EVER AT THE FOX

Very slow (Actors even walked in slow motion), very hard to understand with the thick Egyptian and Israeli accents , boring, not much singing, no dancing. Only show I attended at the Fox where there was no ovation at the end of the play. Everyone around us, and I mean everyone, had the same review. Even the people walking out of the show and the people walking to the car all had the same opinion.

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Beautiful moving UNEXPECTED

Just as song might sweep you away into an unexpected mood so too does Tewfiq's band as their music infiltrates into the lives of these people - and the audience!

Our Broadway reviewer Nicola Quinn saw The Band's Visit in New York City - here's what she thought! "One of my favorite things to do is step into a cinema or theatre having no idea about the narrative that is about to unfold or the "word on the street".

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