No One Slips on This Banana Shpeel!

by Eats & Beats
05.26.2010

After watching the most unbelievable and unique show on Broadway called “Banana Shpeel” I was treated to an after-party that was almost equally spectacular at the Roseland Ballroom. That should come as no surprise considering both the show and the party were organized by Guy Laliberté – the owner of Cirque du Soleil and the most creative person on the planet. Ow! It hurts to admit that, but I guess I have to settle for second place in the global creativity category.

What makes the show outstanding is exactly what made the party outstanding. The best clowns, contortionists, magicians, acrobats, singers and dancers in the world from the show, all came to the party at Roseland Ballroom… plus another 100 fellow performing artists and entertainers. This made us feel as though the show we just came from never really ended – except this time, all the party guests were onstage with the performers.

The organizers were smart. Somehow they managed to turn the dance floor of Roseland Ballroom (the biggest dance floor in New York City) into the biggest STAGE in New York City.

As you entered the Ballroom, you found endless rows of chilled yellow drinks waiting for you atop incredibly long tables. This was genius: no waiting in line for a drink (my kind of bar).  Instant buzz… on! Sticking with the title of the show, Banana Shpeel, the drinks were made of banana vodka and pineapple juice – yummy! The best beverage I’ve ever had at a party for 2,000 people. They used a banana flavored liquor called “99 Bananas” in case any of you want to make this your summer drink like I am. Perfect for lounging by my castle pool… but enough of that – back to the party.

Shock and awe! A giant, gilded bird cage with a dozen sexy guests playing on pillows inside, a humongous floating prison that had two convicts serving mac and cheese through the bars, a huge bamboo cave with loin-clothed cavemen serving Asian noodles, and last but not least, a “sushi lake” where guests were given real fishing rods and challenged to hook a box of sushi treats to fill their stomachs. As if that wasn’t enough, guests were then able to make their own good old fashioned banana splits for dessert. This was not labor intensive because the bananas were already “schpeeled.”

Hats off to you, Guy! You’re the “top banana” in my book when it comes to entertaining. Only you are able to successfully bring the glitz and the glory of Vegas to New York City.

Life at best is short. PARTY TILL YOU DIE! 
-Sir Ivan aka Peaceman
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