A preview of Cirque du Soleil's forthcoming theatrical show Banana Shpeel was recently offered to the press. David Shiner wrote and will direct the new show starring Broadway's Annaleigh Ashford and Michael Longoria.
The new work is scheduled for a Chicago premiere followed by a 2010 New York City run at the Beacon Theatre. Banana Shpeel, according to notes, "plunges us into the world of Schmelky, a cruel and irritable producer who dangles fame and fortune in front of Emmett, an innocent and romantic actor who has come to audition for him. Emmett soon finds himself trapped in a flamboyant, anarchic world where Schmelky sows terror and reigns supreme."
Here are some photos from the sneak peek:
Preview of Banana Shpeel with Shiner, Ashford and Longoria