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Banana Shpeel Sets May 19 Opening at the Beacon Theater

Daniel Passer, Danny Rutigliano, and Wayne Wilson
in Banana Shpeel (© Olivier Samson Arcand)
The new show Banana Shpeel has announced that its official opening will be May 19. The production began performances on April 29 at the Beacon Theatre, where it will continue through August 29. David Shiner has written and directed the piece.

As previously announced, Broadway veteran Danny Rutigliano leads the cast as Schmelky, a fictional producer, and he is assisted by Daniel Passer, Wayne Wilson, and Shereen Hickman. The company also features the comedic trio: Claudio Carneiro, Patrick de Valette and Gordon White; Russian hand balancer Dmitry Bulkin; Vietnamese hat juggler Tuan Le; Spanish foot juggler Vanessa Alvarez; Canadian Hand to Hand duo Preston Jamieson and Kesley Wiens; Russian contortionists Tsybenova Ayagma, Tsydendambaeva Imin and Zhambalova Lilia; and tap dance duo Joseph and Josette Wiggan.

The creative team includes artistic guides Guy Laliberté and Gilles Ste-Croix; director of creation Serge Roy; composer and arranger Simon Carpentier; choreographer Jared Grimes; costume designer Dominique Lemieux; set designer and props co-designer Patricia Ruel; props co-designer Jasmine Catudal; lighting designer Bruno Rafie; sound designer Harvey Robitaille; and make-up designer Eleni Uranis.

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