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Photos: Banana Shpeel Opens at The Beacon

Banana Shpeel celebrated it's opening night yesterday, May 19 at 7:00pm at the Beacon Theatre. Previews began on April 29 and performances are scheduled until August 29. BroadwayWorld was there to capture the starry arrivals.

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 www.schmelkyproductions.com or www.ticketmaster.com or at 1-866-858-0008.

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

Photo Credit: Genevieve Rafter Keddy

Photos: Banana Shpeel Opens at The Beacon

Photos: Banana Shpeel Opens at The Beacon
Josette Wiggan, Schmelky (Danny Rutigliano) and Kassie Brown

Photos: Banana Shpeel Opens at The Beacon
Josette Wiggan, Danny Rutigliano and Kassie Brown

Photos: Banana Shpeel Opens at The Beacon
Danny Rutigliano

Photos: Banana Shpeel Opens at The Beacon
Josette Wiggan, Danny Rutigliano, Daniel Lamarre (President of Cirque) and Kassie Brown

Photos: Banana Shpeel Opens at The Beacon
Danny Rutigliano and Daniel Lamarre

Photos: Banana Shpeel Opens at The Beacon
Mark Indelicato

Photos: Banana Shpeel Opens at The Beacon
Mark Indelicato

Photos: Banana Shpeel Opens at The Beacon
Marcia Gay Harden gets her children ready for the Yellow Carpet

Photos: Banana Shpeel Opens at The Beacon
Marcia Gay Harden and family

Photos: Banana Shpeel Opens at The Beacon
Marcia Gay Harden

Photos: Banana Shpeel Opens at The Beacon
Christopher Meloni

Photos: Banana Shpeel Opens at The Beacon
Christopher Meloni and Son

Photos: Banana Shpeel Opens at The Beacon
Christopher Meloni

Photos: Banana Shpeel Opens at The Beacon
Saul Rubinek and Daughter

Photos: Banana Shpeel Opens at The Beacon
Saul Rubinek and Family

Photos: Banana Shpeel Opens at The Beacon
Jake T. Austin and Sister

Photos: Banana Shpeel Opens at The Beacon
Jake T. Austin

Photos: Banana Shpeel Opens at The Beacon
James Gandolfini and Family

Photos: Banana Shpeel Opens at The Beacon
James Gandolfini and family

Photos: Banana Shpeel Opens at The Beacon
Shereen Hickman (Margaret), James Gandolfini and Danny Rutigliano

Photos: Banana Shpeel Opens at The Beacon
Shereen Hickman and Danny Rutigliano

Photos: Banana Shpeel Opens at The Beacon
"Real Housewife of New York" Sonja Morgan

Photos: Banana Shpeel Opens at The Beacon
Matthew Settle

Photos: Banana Shpeel Opens at The Beacon
Matthew Settle

Photos: Banana Shpeel Opens at The Beacon
Matthew Settle, Shereen Hickman and Danny Rutigliano

Photos: Banana Shpeel Opens at The Beacon
Corbin Bleu

Photos: Banana Shpeel Opens at The Beacon
Corbin Bleu

Photos: Banana Shpeel Opens at The Beacon
Danny Rutigliano, Corbin Bleu and Shereen Hickman

Photos: Banana Shpeel Opens at The Beacon
Shereen Hickman, Corbin Bleu and Danny Rutigliano

Photos: Banana Shpeel Opens at The Beacon
"Real Housewife of New Jersey" Danielle Staube

Photos: Banana Shpeel Opens at The Beacon
"Real Housewife of New Jersey" Danielle Staube

Photos: Banana Shpeel Opens at The Beacon
"Real Housewife of New York" Countess LuAnn de Lesseps

Photos: Banana Shpeel Opens at The Beacon
Luke Hawkins and DeWitt Fleming Jr.

Photos: Banana Shpeel Opens at The Beacon
Luke Hawkins and DeWitt Fleming Jr.

Photos: Banana Shpeel Opens at The Beacon
Anna Torv

Photos: Banana Shpeel Opens at The Beacon
Luke Hawkins

Photos: Banana Shpeel Opens at The Beacon
Connor Paolo

Photos: Banana Shpeel Opens at The Beacon
Connor Paolo

Photos: Banana Shpeel Opens at The Beacon
Luke Hawkins

Photos: Banana Shpeel Opens at The Beacon
Max Von Essen

Photos: Banana Shpeel Opens at The Beacon
Luke Hawkins and Max Von Essen

Photos: Banana Shpeel Opens at The Beacon
Max Von Essen

Photos: Banana Shpeel Opens at The Beacon
The Creative Team of Banana Shpeel: Simon Carpenter, Eleni Uranis, Bruno Rafie, Jasmine Catudal, Shereen Hickman, Serge Roy, and Dominique Lemieux

Photos: Banana Shpeel Opens at The Beacon
Constantine Maroulis

Photos: Banana Shpeel Opens at The Beacon
DeWitt Fleming Jr., Shereen Hickman, Constantine Maroulis, and Luke Hawkins

Photos: Banana Shpeel Opens at The Beacon
DeWitt Fleming Jr., Shereen Hickman, Constantine Maroulis, and Luke Hawkins

Photos: Banana Shpeel Opens at The Beacon
Constantine Maroulis

Photos: Banana Shpeel Opens at The Beacon
Constantine Maroulis

Photos: Banana Shpeel Opens at The Beacon
Luke Hawkins, Shereen Hickman, Constantine Maroulis, and DeWitt Fleming Jr.

Photos: Banana Shpeel Opens at The Beacon
Luke Hawkins, Shereen Hickman, Constantine Maroulis, and DeWitt Fleming Jr

Photos: Banana Shpeel Opens at The Beacon
Luke Hawkins, Jared Grimes (Choreographer) and DeWitt Fleming Jr.

Photos: Banana Shpeel Opens at The Beacon
Jared Grimes

Photos: Banana Shpeel Opens at The Beacon
"Real Housewife of New York" Kelly Killoren Bensimon

Photos: Banana Shpeel Opens at The Beacon
Rocco DiSpirito

Photos: Banana Shpeel Opens at The Beacon
Rocco DiSpirito

Photos: Banana Shpeel Opens at The Beacon
"Schmelky" off to start the show

Photos: Banana Shpeel Opens at The Beacon


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