A Samba Spectacular

Gimme A Band, Gimme A Banana, follows the story of iconic 1940’s Brazilian Bombshell, Carmen Miranda, through the sounds of samba and experimental multi-disciplinary theatre. This era of Hollywood glam and cultural commodification is examined through Carmen’s experiences as one of the first Latina performers to immigrate to the United States and become a household name.  This samba puppet spectacle is narrated through Carmen’s songs, which introduced Brazilian culture to the rest of the world, consecrating the actress as a Hollywood’s legendary “Lady in the Tutti Frutti Hat."

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Running Time: 70 Minutes with an Intermission | All Ages


A big tip of a tropical-fruit-bedecked hat to Pointless Theatre for its distinctive and ebullient contribution to the Women’s Voices Theatre Festival.
— The Washington Post

Cast:

SHARALYS SILVA Carmen Miranda
PHILLIP DA COSTA Aloysio de Oliverio
BELÉN OYOLA-REBAZA Aurora Miranda

SCOTT WHALEN Lee Shubert/Jerry Lewis
AMANDA LEIGH CORBETT Baiana
ANGELEAZA ANDERSON Flower Girl
BRENDAN O'CONNELL Sebastian
DANIEL SMERIGLIO Dean Martin
REBECCA BALLINGER Ensemble

Creative Team:

MEL BIELER & PATTI KALIL Playwrights, Set & Puppets
ROBERTA ALVES & MATT RECKEWEG Co-Directors
PATRICIA VERGARA Music Director
LEX DAVIS Fight Director
FRANK LABOVITZ Costumes
CAMILLE PETRILLO Assistant Costume Design
NICK MARTIN Masks
MAX DOOLITTLE Lights
MICHAEL WINCH Sound
RENEE NYACK Stage Manager

Band:

LIVALDI “BABAJAN” DA CRUZ, PABLO DE OLIVEIRA
CEYLON MITCHELL II, MICHEL NIRENBERG, TOM ROHDE