Gimme a Banana, Gimme a Band, 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.” Gimme a Band, Gimme a Banana combines Pointless’ unique use of puppetry, live music, and dance.
Gimme a Band, Gimme a Banana! The Carmen Miranda Story.
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Puppet Designer: Patti Kalil
Puppet Designer: Mel Bieler