From Detroit to Broadway and back: Actor Joe Joseph returns home with “The Band’s Visit”

The Detroit native studied at the University of Detroit Jesuit and the University of Michigan before landing his Broadway debut in “The Band’s Visit,” one of the most Tony Award-winning musicals of all time. It’s being staged at the Fisher Theatre now through May 1.

 

Joe Joseph watched “The Band’s Visit” during previews on Broadway. At the time, he didn’t think he’d end up on stage performing in the musical — one of the most Tony Award-winning musicals of all time.

But that’s how it went. And now the Detroit native is performing as the charming, somewhat mischievous Haled in “The Band’s Visit,” which is being staged at the Fisher Theatre now through May 1 as part of this year’s Broadway in Detroit season

“I covered five of the roles on Broadway, which was an incredible responsibility but I was thrilled to do it,” says Joseph. “I had the opportunity to meet the incredible cast and crew that worked on ‘The Band’s Visit.’ Now, I have the opportunity to tour it. I love the show and I wanted to bring it everywhere around the country — not just New York City.”


Listen: Actor Joe Joseph talks about the importance of Arab American representation on the Broadway stage.

 

 

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  • Ryan Patrick Hooper is the award-winning host and producer of CultureShift on 101.9 WDET-FM Detroit’s NPR station. As a longtime arts and culture reporter and photographer, Hooper has covered stories for NPR, Detroit Free Press, Hour Detroit, SPIN and Paste magazine.