Producers of the 10-time Tony® Award-winning Best Musical, The Band’s Visit, have announced that Broadway star Janet Dacal will assume the principal role of Dina on tour starting in Schenectady, NY.
On Broadway, Janet starred in Hal Prince’s Prince of Broadway where she sung multiple roles including Eva Peron in Evita; Aurora in Kiss of A Spider Woman and Sydney in It’s a Bird, It’s A Plane, It’s Superman. She created the role of Alice in Frank Wildhorn’s Wonderland and played Nina Rosario in the Tony Award-winning Musical In the Heights, after originating the role of Carla in the Off-Broadway and Broadway productions (for which she received a Drama Desk Award). Additional favorite theatrical roles include co-starring alongside Harry Connick, Jr. in the Paper Mill Playhouse production of The Sting.
“We are honored to have Broadway star Janet Dacal join the critically acclaimed national tour of The Band’s Visit. She brings a new warmth and honesty to the part that we are excited for audiences to experience,” says Tony award-winning director, David Cromer.
Janet is assuming the role currently being played by Chilina Kennedy. She will debut alongside Israeli star of stage and screen Sasson Gabay, who plays Tewfiq, a role he created in the 2007 film of The Band’s Visit and most recently played on Broadway, and has performed on tour since the tour opened in June 2019.
The cast will also include Jennifer Apple as “Anna,” Mike Cefalo as “Telephone Guy,” Adam Gabay as “Papi,” Marc Ginsburg as “Sammy,” Kendal Hartse as “Iris,” Joe Joseph as “Haled,” Sara Kapner as “Julia,” Pomme Koch as “Itzik,” Ronnie Malley as “Camal,” James Rana as “Simon,” Or Schraiber as “Zelger,” and David Studwell as “Avrum,” along with Danny Burgos, Loren Lester, Nick Sacks, Hannah Shankman and Bligh Voth. Sasson Gabay and Adam Gabay are appearing with the support of Actors’ Equity Association.
The Band’s Visit tells a delightfully offbeat story, set in a town that’s way off the beaten path, a band of musicians arrive lost, out of the blue. Under the spell of the desert sky, and with beautiful music perfuming the air, the band brings the town to life in unexpected and tantalizing ways. Even the briefest visit can stay with you forever.
With a Tony- and Grammy-winning score that seduces your soul and sweeps you off your feet, and featuring thrillingly talented onstage musicians, The Band’s Visit rejoices in the way music makes us laugh, makes us cry, and ultimately, brings us together.
To see the current tour route of the show, click here.