The original cast was led by Tony Award-Winners Chita Rivera as Claire Zachannassian and Roger Rees as Anton Schell. The Broadway cast also featured George Abud as Karl, Jason Danieley as Frederich Kuhn, Matthew Demingas Louis Perch, Diana Dimarzio as Annie Dummermut, Tony Award-nominee David Garrison as Peter Dummermut, Rick Holmes as Father Josef, Tom Nelis as Rudi,Chris Newcomer as Jacob Chicken, Mary Beth Peil as Matilde Schell, Aaron Ramey as Otto Hahnke, Elena Shadow as Ottilie, Timothy Shew as Hans Nusselin, with John Riddleand Michelle Veintimilla.
Based on the satirical play by Friedrich Durrenmatt as adapted by Maurice Valency, The Visit features music and lyrics by the Tony Award-winning team John Kander & Fred Ebb, book by four- time Tony Award-winning playwright Terrence McNally, direction by Tony Award-winning director John Doyle and choreography by Tony Award-nominee Graciela Daniele.
The original Broadway version of Kander and Ebb's Tony-nominated musical THE VISIT closed June 14, 2015. The Visit began performances at the Lyceum Theatre (149 West 45th Street) on Thursday, March 26 and officially opened on Thursday, April 23.
THE VISIT was nominated for 5 TONY AWARDS including BEST MUSICAL
“BRAVE AND PERSUASIVE…an essential visit for anyone who cherishes the rare and endangered species of the Broadway musical goddess” THE NEW YORK TIMES
“A PASSIONATE HEART beats inside The Visit, for all its formal innovation and chilly beauty.” BOSTON GLOBE