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USM alumnus Tony Shalhoub receives raves for Broadway musical

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USM alumnus Tony Shalhoub, best known for his title role on the TV show "Monk," stars in a new Broadway musical, "The Band's Visit."

In a Nov. 9 review, the New York Times' Ben Brantley described the show as "One of the most ravishing musicals you will ever be seduced by" and Shalhoub's work as "marvelous."

The Portland Press Herald posted on its website a portion of an Associated Press video interview with Shalhoub.

"It really does try to steer clear of politics and that's so refreshing nowadays since we're bombarded and assaulted by politics at every turn," Shalhoub told the Associated Press. "This, I believe, becomes a welcome break from that and a glimpse at what our lives might look like if we're not consumed by all of the divisiveness and backbiting and sniping and one-upping that occurs today."

Shaloub, an Emmy winner, has been a donor to USM and in 2003 gave the commencement address.

See the Portland Press Herald video here.

Read the New York Times review here.