Magic Show ‘The Illusionists’ to Play on Broadway
The Illusionists: Witness the Impossible, a hit magic show, will make its Broadway debut with previews beginning Nov. 26 at the Marriott Marquis Theatre, opening on Dec. 4 for a strictly limited six-week engagement through Jan. 4, 2015 as part of a 30-city, national tour.
The cast consists of seven masters of legerdemain, each with a unique specialty, including Yu Ho-Jin, named 2014 “Magician of the Year” by the Academy of Magical Arts; David Sperry, who made a big splash on America’s Got Talent; glamorous and funny showman Jeff Hobson; Italian escape artist Andrew Basso; inventor-illusionist Kevin James; weapons expert Aaron Crow; and Adam Trent who combines technology, dance, and humor.
Creative producer Simon Painter said, “We can’t wait to bring this electrifying show to Broadway for a truly entertaining experience for the whole family. The Illusionists is the most non-stop and powerful mix of outrageous and astonishing acts ever to be seen on the live stage.”
While there have been a number of magic shows Off-Broadway, including Nothing to Hide and Ricky Jay and His 52 Assistants, this type of entertainment has been rarely presented on Broadway. The most recent examples were David Copperfield: Dreams and Nightmares in 1996 and Penn and Teller in 1987. Doug Henning headlined Doug Henning’s World of Magic for a limited run in 1984 and he starred in two Broadway musicals, The Magic Show (1974) and Merlin (1983).
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