Banana Shpeel by Cirque du Soleil


Cirque du Soleil was started in 1984 by two former street performers, Guy Laliberté and Daniel Gauthier in Baie-Saint-Paul, Quebec. After much success over the next few years, they managed to win the 1991 Drama Desk Award for Unique Theatrical Experience and they continue to wow their audience.

There is no other show quite like Cirque du Soleil.  The first and only time I ever saw the show was in 1994, when they celebrated their tenth anniversary.  It was the most amazing show I have ever seen in my entire 19 years of life. It’s nothing like a Broadway show or any other school play – they are in a class by itself.  If you’ve seen Cirque du Soleil, then you know exactly what I’m talking about.  From the mind-boggling juggling acts, to the unique acrobatic moves to the high-rise jumps, you’re bound to come again to watch the talents of these amazing people.

This Cirque du Soleil is a bit different than their other shows, such as Kooza, Wintuk or Alegría.  Banana Shpeel is a roller-coaster mix of styles that blends comedy with tap, hip hop, eccentric dance and slapstick, all linked by a hilarious narrative that ignites a succession of wacky adventures. This is not circus, or a musical or a variety show, or even vaudeville.

Propelled by crazy humor and intense choreography, Banana Shpeel plunges us into the world of Shmelky, 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 Shmelky sows terror and reigns supreme. Emmett falls in love with the beautiful Katie and meets a bunch of absurd characters, including the strange Banana Man. But who is this mysterious Banana Man and how can Emmett escape the clutches of Shmelky and his henchmen?

Click on the link to learn more about the Cirque du Soleil Banana Shpeel show and to purchase tickets to see Banana Shpeel at The  Chicago Theatre from November 19, 2009 to January 3, 2010 and in New York at the Beacon Theatre from February 4, 2010 to April 30, 2010.

Tickets prices: $45.00 – $120.00


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