Skip to main content Skip to footer site map

Photos: Beacon Theatre Welcomes Cirque Du Soleil's BANANA SHPEEL

pixeltracker

On Wednesday, February 10, BroadwayWorld braved the storm at the Beacon Theatre on the Upper West Side to capture the welcoming of the all-new Cirque du Soleil production, Banana Shpeel, which begins preview performances on February 25, 2010.

At 4:30pm, the activities begin with the unveiling of the new Banana Shpeel marquee on the Beacon Theatre with costumed performers arriving in a vintage Checker Cab accompanied by show musicians performing live. Upper West Siders and Cirque du Soleil fans will be on hand to greet the cast. To add to the fun, the first 100 guests who arrive with a banana will win two complimentary Banana Shpeel tickets. The bananas will be donated to Life Center, a local New York homeless shelter affiliated with The Garden of Dreams Foundation.

At the event, the Banana Shpeel cast led the public into the theatre for the Open House with an exclusive sneak peek at the Banana Shpeel creative process in the newly-restored Beacon Theatre. Guests saw rehearsals on stage, make-up demonstrations, costume displays, and take photos with costumed performers. Local restaurants and businesses will provide complimentary snacks.

Banana Shpeel from Cirque du Soleil is a roller coaster mix of styles that blends intense choreography, crazy comedy and distinctive acrobatic acts. The action follows the brash and over-the-top character, Schmelky, as he emcees his show, a diverse spectrum of performances including tap, hip-hop and eccentric dance, slapstick comedy and Cirque du Soleil acrobatic acts - plus madcap characters spreading chaos in all directions.

Elite International Artists perform the acrobatic acts, including the powerful and flexible Hand Balancing, the fast-paced Hat Juggling, the playful and energetic Duo Hand to Hand, the lithe and agile Foot Juggling, and the dexterous and madcap Rola Bola.

Banana Shpeel Writer and Director David Shiner has a long history with Cirque du Soleil which began over 20 years ago with the touring show Nouvelle Expérience. In 2007, Shiner wrote and directed the big top touring show KOOZA. On Broadway, Shiner received praise for Fool Moon, the two-man wordless show he created with Bill Irwin, which ran from 1992 to 1999, including three Broadway engagements. Shiner started his career as a street mime in Paris and was discovered at the renowned circus festival Cirque de Demain.

Banana Shpeel begins preview performances on March 17, 2010 at The Beacon Theatre. Opening night is to be announced. To book Banana Shpeel tickets, please visit cirquedusoleil.com or beacontheatre.com or call 1-800-745-3000.

Photo Credit: Brian Estrada

Photos: Beacon Theatre Welcomes Cirque Du Soleil's BANANA SHPEEL

Photos: Beacon Theatre Welcomes Cirque Du Soleil's BANANA SHPEEL
BANANA SHPEEL Marquee

Photos: Beacon Theatre Welcomes Cirque Du Soleil's BANANA SHPEEL
BANANA SHPEEL Marquee

Photos: Beacon Theatre Welcomes Cirque Du Soleil's BANANA SHPEEL
Fans Eagerly Await the Marquee Unveiling

Photos: Beacon Theatre Welcomes Cirque Du Soleil's BANANA SHPEEL
BANANA SHPEEL Cast Member Arriving for the Unveiling!

Photos: Beacon Theatre Welcomes Cirque Du Soleil's BANANA SHPEEL
BANANA SHPEEL Cast Members

Photos: Beacon Theatre Welcomes Cirque Du Soleil's BANANA SHPEEL
BANANA SHPEEL Musicians

Photos: Beacon Theatre Welcomes Cirque Du Soleil's BANANA SHPEEL
BANANA SHPEEL Cast Members

Photos: Beacon Theatre Welcomes Cirque Du Soleil's BANANA SHPEEL
The Marquee Unveiling!

Photos: Beacon Theatre Welcomes Cirque Du Soleil's BANANA SHPEEL
BANANA SHPEEL Cast Member Posing with a Costume

Photos: Beacon Theatre Welcomes Cirque Du Soleil's BANANA SHPEEL
BANANA SHPEEL Costumes

Photos: Beacon Theatre Welcomes Cirque Du Soleil's BANANA SHPEEL
BANANA SHPEEL Cast Members Practicing

Photos: Beacon Theatre Welcomes Cirque Du Soleil's BANANA SHPEEL
BANANA SHPEEL Cast Members Offer A Sneak Peak

Photos: Beacon Theatre Welcomes Cirque Du Soleil's BANANA SHPEEL
BANANA SHPEEL Cast Members Offer A Sneak Peak

Photos: Beacon Theatre Welcomes Cirque Du Soleil's BANANA SHPEEL
BANANA SHPEEL Cast Members Offer A Sneak Peak

Photos: Beacon Theatre Welcomes Cirque Du Soleil's BANANA SHPEEL
BANANA SHPEEL Cast Members Offer A Sneak Peak

Photos: Beacon Theatre Welcomes Cirque Du Soleil's BANANA SHPEEL


Related Articles

Featured on Stage Door

Shoutouts, Classes & More

From This Author Brian Estrada