One day after winning Best in Show at the 137th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, the sweet Affenpinscher known as Banana Joe was preparing to make his Broadway debut. Banana Joe will play the role of the dog when he joins the cast of “The Mystery of Edwin Drood,” which is playing at the Studio 54 Theatre.
According to an article in today’s New York Times, Matt Polk, a press representative for Roundabout Theater Company, said that “Joey — as he is known to close friends and handlers — will be filling in for Macaco, the dog held by Stephanie J. Block in Act II of ‘Drood,’ at Wednesday’s evening performance.” The play has a unique feature in that the audience gets to determine the show’s ending by voting on who they think “did it.” Fortunately, the dog is not a part of the voting, so the fit into the casting should be an easy one!
The show’s regular dog Macaco was scheduled to perform in the Wednesday matinee as little Banana Joe was on Fox News. Ah yes, such are the rigors of press engagements when one is top dog. And as for Macaco, this Broadway dog can enjoy the evening off with an easy mind because he will resume his role as the regular cast dog on Thursday.
Earlier in the day, Banana Joe enjoyed a tradition like numerous fellow Broadway actors before him have done; he dined at the legendary Sardi’s restaurant. A luscious steak on a platter was served to him for lunch. One has to assume the steak was fine eating as Banana Joe was seen happily munching.