BANANA SHPEEL Opens 5/19 At The Beacon Theater

The new show Banana Shpeel announced today that its official Opening Night performance will be Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at 7:00pm at the Beacon Theatre (2124 Broadway). Previews began on April 29 and performances are scheduled until August 29.

Banana Shpeel is the latest show from producer extraordinaire Marty Schmelky and features a colorful array of slapstick comedy, eclectic dance and unique acrobatic acts. The larger-than-life personality presents the diverse talent he has gathered from around the world, as zany characters spread chaos throughout the theatre.

In his long and illustrious career, Schmelky has created such unforgettable hits as The Phantom of the Banana; Annie Get Your Banana; Fiddler on the Banana; The Best Little Banana in Texas; Bring in da Noise, Bring in da Banana; and Gentlemen Prefer Bananas.

Banana Shpeel Writer and Director David Shiner started out as a mime in Paris. His career took off in 1984 when he was discovered at the renowned circus festival Cirque de Demain. Shiner later teamed up with Bill Irwin to create the wordless two-man show Fool Moon, which played from 1992 to 1999, including three Broadway runs. Fool Moon picked up numerous prizes, including a Tony Award, Drama Desk Award and an Outer Critics Circle Award. In 2007, Shiner directed his first Cirque du Soleil production, the big top touring show KOOZA.

Banana Shpeel tickets are available for performances through August 29, 2010 and can be purchased at or or at 1-866-858-0008.

Through May 18, 2010: Tickets range from $35 to $89
Wednesday thru Saturday at 8pm
Sundays at 3pm
Performance on Tuesday, May 18 at 8pm

May 21 - August 29, 2010: Tickets range from $45 to $110, with a limited number of premium seats
Wednesday at 2pm & 8pm
Thursday & Friday at 8pm
Saturday at 2pm & 8pm
Sunday at 2pm & 6pm


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