Unwrap Your Candies Now

Meet The Stars Of Broadway’s “The Band’s Visit” And Discover Houston’s Newest Dance Company

Lead actors from the Tony Award-winning hit show stop by the studio, and Marlana Doyle – a force in the Houston dance scene – shares the adventure of starting her own company.

  • "The Band's Visit"; Houston Contemporary Dance Company (Photo Credit: Courtesy of The Hobby Center; Ben Doyle / BEND Productions)
    "The Band's Visit"; Houston Contemporary Dance Company (Photo Credit: Courtesy of The Hobby Center; Ben Doyle / BEND Productions)
  • Janet Dacal (Photo Credit: Courtesy of The Band's Visit)
    Janet Dacal (Photo Credit: Courtesy of The Band's Visit)
  • Sasson Gabay (Photo Credit: Courtesy of The Band's Visit)
    Sasson Gabay (Photo Credit: Courtesy of The Band's Visit)
  • "The Band's Visit" North American tour (Photo Credit: Courtesy of The Hobby Center)
    "The Band's Visit" North American tour (Photo Credit: Courtesy of The Hobby Center)
  • Janet Dacal and Sasson Gabay in "The Band's Visit" (Photo Credit: Evan Zimmerman MurphyMade)
    Janet Dacal and Sasson Gabay in "The Band's Visit" (Photo Credit: Evan Zimmerman MurphyMade)
  • Sasson Gabay and Janet Dacal in "The Band's Visit" (Photo Credit: Evan Zimmerman MurphyMade)
    Sasson Gabay and Janet Dacal in "The Band's Visit" (Photo Credit: Evan Zimmerman MurphyMade)
  • Joe Joseph in "The Band's Visit" (Photo Credit: Matthew Murphy)
    Joe Joseph in "The Band's Visit" (Photo Credit: Matthew Murphy)
  • Kendal Hartse, Pomme Koch, James Rana and David Studwell in "The Band's Visit." (Photo Credit: Matthew Murphy)
    Kendal Hartse, Pomme Koch, James Rana and David Studwell in "The Band's Visit." (Photo Credit: Matthew Murphy)
  • The company of "The Band's Visit" North American Tour (Photo Credit: Evan Zimmerman MurphyMade)
    The company of "The Band's Visit" North American Tour (Photo Credit: Evan Zimmerman MurphyMade)
  • The company of "The Band's Visit" North American Tour (Photo Credit: Matthew Murphy)
    The company of "The Band's Visit" North American Tour (Photo Credit: Matthew Murphy)
  • The company of "The Band's Visit" North American Tour (Photo Credit: Matthew Murphy)
    The company of "The Band's Visit" North American Tour (Photo Credit: Matthew Murphy)
  • Marlana Doyle (Photo Credit: Ben Doyle / BEND Productions)
    Marlana Doyle (Photo Credit: Ben Doyle / BEND Productions)
  • Houston Contemporary Dance Company, inaugural performance "Begin," December 2019 (Photo Credit: Ben Doyle / BEND Productions)
    Houston Contemporary Dance Company, inaugural performance "Begin," December 2019 (Photo Credit: Ben Doyle / BEND Productions)
  • Houston Contemporary Dance Company, inaugural performance "Begin," December 2019 (Photo Credit: Ben Doyle / BEND Productions)
    Houston Contemporary Dance Company, inaugural performance "Begin," December 2019 (Photo Credit: Ben Doyle / BEND Productions)
  • Houston Contemporary Dance Company, inaugural performance "Begin," December 2019 (Photo Credit: Ben Doyle / BEND Productions)
    Houston Contemporary Dance Company, inaugural performance "Begin," December 2019 (Photo Credit: Ben Doyle / BEND Productions)
  • Houston Contemporary Dance Company, inaugural performance "Begin," December 2019 (Photo Credit: Ben Doyle / BEND Productions)
    Houston Contemporary Dance Company, inaugural performance "Begin," December 2019 (Photo Credit: Ben Doyle / BEND Productions)
  • Houston Contemporary Dance Company, inaugural performance "Begin," December 2019 (Photo Credit: Ben Doyle / BEND Productions)
    Houston Contemporary Dance Company, inaugural performance "Begin," December 2019 (Photo Credit: Ben Doyle / BEND Productions)
  • Houston Contemporary Dance Company, inaugural performance "Begin," December 2019 (Photo Credit: Ben Doyle / BEND Productions)
    Houston Contemporary Dance Company, inaugural performance "Begin," December 2019 (Photo Credit: Ben Doyle / BEND Productions)
  • Houston Contemporary Dance Company, inaugural performance "Begin," December 2019 (Photo Credit: Ben Doyle / BEND Productions)
    Houston Contemporary Dance Company, inaugural performance "Begin," December 2019 (Photo Credit: Ben Doyle / BEND Productions)
  • Houston Contemporary Dance Company, inaugural performance "Begin," December 2019 (Photo Credit: Ben Doyle / BEND Productions)
    Houston Contemporary Dance Company, inaugural performance "Begin," December 2019 (Photo Credit: Ben Doyle / BEND Productions)
  • Marlana Doyle and Houston Contemporary Dance Company, December 2019 (Photo Credit: Ben Doyle / BEND Productions)
    Marlana Doyle and Houston Contemporary Dance Company, December 2019 (Photo Credit: Ben Doyle / BEND Productions)

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In this episode of the podcast "Unwrap Your Candies Now," Ernie Manouse interviews Sasson Gabay and Janet Dacal, who star in The Band's Visit, winner of 10 Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Broadway Across America presents the North American-touring production January 28 – February 2 at The Hobby Center.

Then, Catherine Lu finds out about the city's newest dance troupe, Houston Contemporary Dance Company, from Marlana Doyle, founder and artistic director. Doyle talks about forming her own company this past summer, following her 17-year career with the now-disbanded METdance Company, and what she hopes to add to the city's dance scene. Houston Contemporary presents Dué, the second show of its inaugural season, on February 7 and 8 at Queensbury Theatre.

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Catherine Lu

Senior Content Producer & Announcer

While growing up in Chicago and Houston, Catherine’s love for art, music and creative writing was influenced by her teachers and parents. She was once concertmaster of the Clear Lake High School Orchestra and a four-time violinist of the Texas All-State Symphony. A graduate of the University of Chicago, Catherine...

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