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Cirque du Soleil Banana Shpeel

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April 29 thru August 29 2010


Banana Shpeel


Beacon Theater | Broadway at 74th Street


Previews Apr 29th thru May 18th
$35 to $89
Regular Performance May 21st & after $45 to $199

Prices do not include any taxes, service charges or other charges

Information & Schedule Cirque du Soleil Banana Shpeel | Beacon Theater


Banana Shpeel is billed as "a new twist on Vaudeville" that is "not circus," not "a musical," not "a variety show," nor "even vaudeville." Our take is that it's a unique blend of skills, techniques and disciplines all tidied up and held together with a story line. In this case it's boy (Emmett) meets and falls in love with girl (Katie) while enduring the machinations of "a cruel and irritable producer" (Shmelky), and a bunch of strange characters, including the mysterious Banana Man

Note Shpeel was scheduled to begin previews Feb 4th but pushed back to Feb 25th, possibly for reworking due to poor reviews during its Chicago run. On Feb 12th Cirque announced another pushback, now with previews scheduled to start Mar 17th. No word as yet on new opening date. Sorry about the confusion on this, but there appears to be a lot of trouble trying to get the $20 million dollar Shpeel ready for the stage

And more trouble. Just days before the purported Mar 17th previews Cirque again pushed the first NYC performance back -- this time a whopping six weeks! -- until Apr 29th. Now, consider this: Shpeel started performances in Chicago on Nov 29th 2009 (!!); as of Mar 14th it will have had 15 weeks to get ready for its New York City run. Fifteen weeks (!!) -- that's more than many Broadway limited runs -- and the producers still think it needs six more weeks of tweaking before it's ready for prime time?

So, for now, Apr 29th previews looking toward a May 21st opening with a run until Aug 29th

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