Sasson Gabai takes on Broadway

Gabai, who originated the role in the 2009 film which formed the basis for the musical, is expected to remain in the show for at least a year.

By
June 29, 2018 03:55
1 minute read.
Sasson Gabay in THE BAND'S VISIT, photo by Evan Zimmerman for MurphyMade 2018.

Sasson Gabay in THE BAND'S VISIT, photo by Evan Zimmerman for MurphyMade 2018.. (photo credit: EVAN ZIMMERMAN)

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later

Legendary Israeli actor Sasson Gabai stepped into his new role on Tuesday night: star of the Broadway show The Band's Visit.

Gabai, who originated the role in the 2009 film which formed the basis for the musical, is expected to remain in the show for at least a year.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.




The Band's Visit swept the Tony Awards earlier this month, taking home 10 prizes including best musical, best actress and best actor for Tony Shalhoub, who originated the role in the play. It is one of three shows in history to win the "big six" Tony Awards - best musical, actor, actress, director, score and book.

Ari'el Stachel, the US-born Yemenite-Israeli who won best featured actor for his role in the show, welcomed Gabai to the team.

"We just welcomed this legend into our company and it’s blowing my entire mind," Stachel wrote on Instagram alongside a photo of the two of them together. "Sasson Gabay is the Deniro of Israel - he’s the most recognizable and prolific actor in the country - and my cast and I are lucky to be sharing the same air as him. Literally a walking master class being on stage with him. Learning so much. So unbelievably happy that American audiences will now be able to witness his brilliance. And he’s almost instantly become my second dad so basically you can say I’m in heaven."

Since sweeping the Tony Awards, The Band's Visit has seen a surge in ticket sales, and the production released a block of tickets earlier this week through June 2019.

JPOST VIDEOS THAT MIGHT INTEREST YOU:




“Sasson Gabai is an icon of Israeli cinema, and we are thrilled this prolific Israeli actor will be making his Broadway debut in The Band’s Visit,” said director David Cromer earlier this month. “It has been fascinating to work with Sasson as he returns to a role he created on the screen as he reinterprets Tewfiq for the stage, in a Tony Award-winning musical.”

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman at a military exercise, Aug 21, 2018
November 14, 2018
ANALYSIS: Did a botched commando raid lead to Liberman's downfall?

By ANNA AHRONHEIM