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James Rana

 
Bio:
James Rana is an award winning writer-performer. He trained as a clown and juggler, beginning his career as a street performer. He received his MFA from Trinity Rep Conservatory. On Broadway, he was an original cast member of THE BAND’S VISIT, winner of 10 Tony awards, including Best Musical. His ... (read complete bio)
 

Bio:
James Rana is an award winning writer-performer. He trained as a clown and juggler, beginning his career as a street performer. He received his MFA from Trinity Rep Conservatory. On Broadway, he was an original cast member of THE BAND’S VISIT, winner of 10 Tony awards, including Best Musical. His ... (read complete bio)

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Stage Credits

  [US Tour]
US Tour, 2021
Simon
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2017
Performer (Understudy)
  [Off-Broadway]
Red Bull Theater Adaptation, 2017
Performer
  [Off-Broadway]
2008
Ross
  [Off-Broadway]
2007
Polpoch

James Rana Biography

James Rana is an award winning writer-performer. He trained as a clown and juggler, beginning his career as a street performer. He received his MFA from Trinity Rep Conservatory. On Broadway, he was an original cast member of THE BAND’S VISIT, winner of 10 Tony awards, including Best Musical. His Off-Broadway, Regional, National and International credits include: The Royal Shakespeare Company, Red Bull Theater, The Shakespeare Theater Co., The Kennedy Center, Classical Theatre of Harlem, Ensemble Studio Theater, Pan Asian Rep, Worth Street Theater, East Lynne Theater, Contemporary American Theatre Festival, Shakespeare & Co., Actors Shakespeare Company, Germany’s Bonn Biennale and the Globe Neuss, Toronto’s David Mirvish Theatre, Luna Stage, Princeton Rep, Porthouse Theatre, Ocean Professional Theater, Mystic Theater, Coney Island USA, and Comedysportz.

He starred in the award-winning short A Girl Like You with A Boy Like Me (Accolade Award). Other film and television appearances include guest-starring roles on “Law & Order:SVU,” “Madam Secretary,” “Chicago Fire,” “The 72nd Tony Awards,” “Third Watch,” “As The World Turns,” “One Life To Live,” “Good Day NY,” The War Within, The Assassin, Swim Little Fish Swim, and sketch characters for “Conan O’Brien.”

He wrote and narrated the radio documentaries Poe: A Celebration and P.T. Barnum: Man of the People for NPR. He produced and hosted “Classically Absurd,” a four part original series, celebrating all that is funny in the world of classical music for HD Masterworks.

His stage plays A Year in the Trenches and The Poe Mysteries received their world premieres at the East Lynne Theater in Cape May, NJ. His sitcom pilot “HAS BEEN” was a semi-finalist for best pilot at the LA Comedy Short Film Festival and the Los Angeles Screenplay Competition. His screenplay Strays was a top finalist at the Bridge International Screenplay Competition and Back in the Box Script Competition. His one-act play So Long Pluto was produced by the Camino Real Playhouse’s International One Act Festival. His stage adaptations of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Zorro, and Huck Finn all received their world premieres at the East Lynne Theater in Cape May, NJ.

James works frequently as a narrator and voice-actor. He is a member of Actors Equity, SAG-AFTRA, and The Players Club. For many years, he led the Coney Island U.S.A. Mermaid Parade as the stilt-walking Uncle Sam.




James Rana News

Actors Shakespeare Company Presents A CHRISTMAS CAROL Photo Actors Shakespeare Company Presents A CHRISTMAS CAROL
by A.A. Cristi - Nov 22, 2022

The Actors Shakespeare Company, now in its 22nd season, returns to New York with their acclaimed one-man production of A Christmas Carol.

Review: THE BAND'S VISIT at The Kennedy Center Photo Review: THE BAND'S VISIT at The Kennedy Center
by Pamela Roberts - Jul 10, 2022

What did our critic think of THE BAND'S VISIT at The Kennedy Center?

DOROTHY PARKER: A CERTAIN WOMAN Returns To East Lynne Theater Company Photo DOROTHY PARKER: A CERTAIN WOMAN Returns To East Lynne Theater Company
by A.A. Cristi - Jun 3, 2022

'I'd rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy,' was just one of Dorothy Parker's famous quotes. 

THE BAND'S VISIT to Begin Performances in D.C. in July Photo THE BAND'S VISIT to Begin Performances in D.C. in July
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 23, 2022

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts has announced that THE BAND’S VISIT, featuring music and lyrics by Tony® and Drama Desk Award®-winner David Yazbek, will be returning to Washington, D.C. from July 5–17, 2022.

BWW Review: A Visually Stunning THE BAND'S VISIT Makes a Stop at Straz Center For The Photo BWW Review: A Visually Stunning THE BAND'S VISIT Makes a Stop at Straz Center For The Performing Arts
by Drew Eberhard - May 6, 2022

'Do yourself a favor, DO NOT miss this incredibly sobering production.' says BWW's critic.

BWW Review: THE BAND'S VISIT Makes a Great Impression at OC's Segerstrom Center Photo BWW Review: THE BAND'S VISIT Makes a Great Impression at OC's Segerstrom Center
by Michael Quintos - Mar 28, 2022

Even without dazzling special effects and spectacular theatrics, or histrionic high drama, THE BAND'S VISIT---the Tony Award-winning stage musical now on stage at Orange County's Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa through April 3---still provides a powerful show that is quietly poetic in its precious, slow-burning delivery.

BWW Review: THE BAND'S VISIT at The Paramount Theatre Photo BWW Review: THE BAND'S VISIT at The Paramount Theatre
by Jay Irwin - Mar 9, 2022

Dear Readers, I want to tell you a story about a show. You probably never heard of it because it’s not very important. Wait! No, it is important, and you should have heard of it. At least since the show in question is the winner of 11 Tony Awards including Best Musical, “The Band’s Visit”, currently playing at the Paramount Theatre. But sadly, too few do know this show but let’s try and remedy that, shall we?

Tony Winning Best Musical THE BAND'S VISIT to Play At Segerstrom Center, March 22 To Photo Tony Winning Best Musical THE BAND'S VISIT to Play At Segerstrom Center, March 22 To April 3
by A.A. Cristi - Feb 21, 2022

Segerstrom Center for the Arts presents THE BAND'S VISIT, featuring music and lyrics by Tony and Drama Desk Award-winner David Yazbek.  It will play in Segerstrom Hall March 22 to April 3, 2022.

Tickets Go On Sale This Month For THE BAND'S VISIT At Detroit's Fisher Theatre Photo Tickets Go On Sale This Month For THE BAND'S VISIT At Detroit's Fisher Theatre
by Stephi Wild - Feb 16, 2022

Broadway In Detroit announced today that tickets for the tour of THE BAND'S VISIT, featuring music and lyrics by Tony and Drama Desk Award-winner David Yazbek, will go on sale on Friday, February 25, 2022. Starting at $35, tickets may be purchased online at Ticketmaster.com and in person at the Fisher Theatre Box Office.

THE BAND'S VISIT is Coming to the Paramount Theatre Photo THE BAND'S VISIT is Coming to the Paramount Theatre
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Feb 15, 2022

Premera Blue Cross Broadway at The Paramount has announced that THE BAND’S VISIT, featuring music and lyrics by Tony® and Drama Desk Award®-winner David Yazbek, will be coming to The Paramount Theatre in Seattle from March 8 - 13, 2022.

James Rana Videos

VIDEO: THE BAND'S VISIT Tour Performs on Toronto's Breakfast Television Videoplay
VIDEO: THE BAND'S VISIT Tour Performs on Toronto's Breakfast Television

by Alan Henry - Oct 4, 2019

The first national tour of The Band's Visit is currently on stage at Toronto's Ed Mirvish Theatre! Check out the cast performing music from the show!

VIDEO: Get A First Look At THE BAND'S VISIT on Tour Videoplay
VIDEO: Get A First Look At THE BAND'S VISIT on Tour

by Alan Henry - Jul 12, 2019

The first national tour of The Band's Visit is now making its way across the country after launching at the Providence Performing Arts Center in Rhode Island! BroadwayWorld has a first look at the show's leads Chilina Kennedy and Sasson Gabay in action! Check out the video

BWW TV: THE BAND'S VISIT National Tour Gets Ready to Hit the Road! Videoplay
BWW TV: THE BAND'S VISIT National Tour Gets Ready to Hit the Road!

by TV - On the Road - Jun 12, 2019

The award-winning Israeli film actor Sasson Gabay will reprise the role of 'Tewfiq' in the upcoming North American tour of the 10-time Tony Award-winning Best Musical, THE BAND'S VISIT, the role he created in the 2007 film of the same name and most recently played on Broadway.Joining him for the tour is critically acclaimed 'Beautiful' actress Chilina Kennedy in the role of 'Dina', a role which won a Tony Award for original star Katrina Lenk in 2018.

VIDEO: Katrina Lenk Performs 'Omar Sharif' on THE TONIGHT SHOW Videoplay
VIDEO: Katrina Lenk Performs 'Omar Sharif' on THE TONIGHT SHOW

by Stage Tube - Feb 5, 2019

On last night's episode of 'The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon' the cast of Tony Award-winning Broadway musical 'The Band's Visit' performed a scaled-down version of 'Omar Sharif' with Katrina Lenk.

VIDEO: On This Day, November 9- THE BAND'S VISIT Begins Its Broadway Stay! Videoplay
VIDEO: On This Day, November 9- THE BAND'S VISIT Begins Its Broadway Stay!

by A.A. Cristi - Nov 9, 2018

On this day in 2017, the Tony Award-winning Best Musical, The Band's Visit, opened on Broadway!

VIDEO: Watch Tony Nominees Katrina Lenk, Tony Shalhoub & the Cast of THE BAND'S VISIT Videoplay
VIDEO: Watch Tony Nominees Katrina Lenk, Tony Shalhoub & the Cast of THE BAND'S VISIT Perform for NPR's Tiny Desk Series!

by Julie Musbach - May 22, 2018

The Band's Visit recently made a visit of their own to NPR's Tiny Desk series. Watch below as the cast and company perform music from the Tony-Award Nominated new musical!

VIDEO: David Yazbek Performs A Song From THE BAND'S VISIT at TEDxBroadway Videoplay
VIDEO: David Yazbek Performs A Song From THE BAND'S VISIT at TEDxBroadway

by A.A. Cristi - Feb 27, 2018

This afternoon at TEDxBroadway, composer David Yazbek took to the stage to perform a number from his current hit Broadway musical, The Band's Visit. Check out the video below to see David put his own spin on 'Haled's Song About Love' for an excited crowd.

VIDEO: Katrina Lenk Sings 'Omar Sharif' From THE BAND'S VISIT at the Obie Awards Videoplay
VIDEO: Katrina Lenk Sings 'Omar Sharif' From THE BAND'S VISIT at the Obie Awards

by Stage Tube - Nov 24, 2017

The Band's Visit's Katrina Lenk sang Omar Sharif at the 2017 Obie Awards in May. A video of the performance has just released on YouTube, and you can watch it below!

BWW TV: Dark, Thrilling, Strange & Sweet- Go Inside THE BAND'S VISIT's Opening Night! Videoplay
BWW TV: Dark, Thrilling, Strange & Sweet- Go Inside THE BAND'S VISIT's Opening Night!

by TV - Opening Night Special - Nov 10, 2017

The critically acclaimed new Broadway musical THE BAND'S VISIT opened officially just last night, November 9, 2017, at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre (243 West 47th Street). BroadwayWorld was on hand for the big night and we're taking you inside the after party below!

BWW TV: Watch Highlights from THE BAND'S VISIT on Broadway! Videoplay
BWW TV: Watch Highlights from THE BAND'S VISIT on Broadway!

by BroadwayWorld TV - Nov 7, 2017

The critically acclaimed new Broadway musical THE BAND'S VISIT will open later this week, on November 9, 2017, at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre (243 West 47th Street). THE BAND'S VISIT features music and lyrics by three-time Tony Award nominee and Drama Desk Award winner David Yazbek, a book by NY Drama Critics Circle, Lortel and Outer Critics Circle awards winner Itamar Moses, based on the screenplay by Eran Kolirin, and is directed by Drama Desk, Lortel, Joe A. Callaway & Obie Award winner David Cromer. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below!


James Rana Frequently Asked Questions

How many Broadway shows has James Rana been in?
James Rana has appeared on Broadway in 1 shows.

How many West End shows has James Rana been in?
James Rana has not appeared in the West End