Bibo Reyes (Waitress, Ang Huling El Bimbo) and Nino Alejandro (Waitress, Jersey Boys) will be joining the cast of Atlantis Theatrical’s upcoming staging of The Band’s Visit. They join previously announced cast members Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo, who stars as Dina, and Mark Bautista, who plays the charismatic musician Haled.
Reyes will be taking on the role of Itzik, the disillusioned husband and young father, married to Iris, and Alejandro plays Avrum, a former musician who spends the night telling the band stories of his musical past.
The Band’s Visit opened on Broadway in 2018 and went on to win 10 Tony Awards including Best Musical. Based on the acclaimed film, The Band’s Visit tells the story of an Egyptian Police Band that arrives in Israel to play a concert. After a mix-up at the border, they are sent to a remote village in the middle of the desert. With no bus until morning and no hotel in sight, these unlikely travelers are taken in by the locals. Under the spell of the desert sky, their lives become intertwined in the most unexpected ways. The musical features music and lyrics by David Yazbek and a book by Itamar Moses.
Director Bobby Garcia says, “I am so happy that Nino and Bibo will be joining the cast of this bittersweet and tender musical about the power of music and how it can bring us all together. They are two of the finest performers in musical theatre and will help bring to life a musical that has pulled at my heartstrings and made me swoon ever since I first saw it. I can’t wait for Manila audiences to experience this unique, one of a kind show with what is turning out to be a truly exceptional cast.”
The Band’s Visit will launch Atlantis’ 2020 season, dubbed as Atlantis Twenty Twenty. It will be preceded by a revival of OLIVER!, which is presented through a special licensing agreement with Cameron Mackintosh Ltd. and Music Theatre International, and On Your Feet!, which is presented through a special licensing agreement with Theatrical Rights Worldwide and Gloria and Emilio Estefan.
The show will run from March 13 to 29, 2020 at the Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza, Makati City. Additional casting will be announced soon.