PHOTO CALL: A Look at Banana Shpeel

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Banana Shpeel, the latest Cirque du Soleil production, plays New York's Beacon Theatre. David Shiner wrote and directs the performance piece.

The show is billed as "a roller coaster mix of styles that blends intense choreography, crazy comedy and distinctive acrobatic acts. The show offers 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." Banana Shpeel features an international cast of 38 performers including the main character of over-the-top producer Schmelky, played by Broadway veteran Danny Rutigliano, best known for his role as Timon in The Lion King. Assisting Schmelky are two slapstick sidekicks (Daniel Passer and Wayne Wilson) and assistant Margaret (Shereen Hickman).

Here is a first look at the performance:


Opening night is May 19. Tickets are currently on sale through Aug. 29, and can be purchased at or or by calling (866) 858-0008.

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