The affenpinscher Banana Joe, the "Best in Show" winner of the 2013 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on Feb. 12, will make a cameo appearance in the Feb. 13 evening performance of Broadway's The Mystery of Edwin Drood, filling in for Macaco, the Yorkie/Maltese mix that usually appears in the musical.
A grand-style Act Two entrance by actress Stephanie J. Block (who plays Edwin Drood) includes a pooch in hand. Macaco will play the Wednesday matinee and return Thursday.
Banana Joe's handler Ernesto Lara and co-owner and breeder Mieke Cooijmans, along with the Roundabout Theatre Company's cast of The Mystery of Edwin Drood, the musical comedy murder mystery, will take post-show photos with the canine star (while Macaco gets quietly drunk at the Paramount Hotel bar, perhaps).