Marquis Theatre, (12/04/2014 - 1/04/2015)

First Preview: Nov 26, 2014
Opening Date: Dec 04, 2014
Closing Date: Jan 04, 2015
Total Previews: 9
Total Performances: 45

Category: Special, Magic, Original, Broadway

Opening Night Production Staff

Theatre Owned / Operated by The Nederlander Organization (James M. Nederlander: Chairman; James L. Nederlander: President)

Produced by Simon Painter, Tim Lawson, MagicSpace Entertainment, Road Show Theatrical, The Production Office and Jonathan Sanford; Associate Producer: Hollie Sanford

Music by Evan Jolly; Additional Compositions: Eddie Cole and Dustin Moore

Directed by Neil Dorward; Choreographed by Neil Dorward; Associate Director: Kirsty Painter and Jenn Rapp; Associate Choreographer: Jenn Rapp; Assistant Director: Rachel Bickerton; Assistant Choreographer: Rachel Bickerton

Illusion Design by Don Wayne; Lighting Design by Paul Miller; Costume Design by Angela Aaron; Video Design by Darrel Maloney; Associate Lighting Design: Timothy A. Reed; Lighting Programmer: Christopher Boon Casey; Additional Scenic Design: Todd Ivins

Executive Producer: Tim Lawson; Engagement Management: Alchemy Production Group; Company Manager: Kate Egan

Production Manager: David Simpson and Mike Martin; Technical Coordination: Juniper Street Productions; Production Stage Manager: Arturo E. Porazzi; Production Supervisor: Travis Brendle

Musician: Z

Creative Producer: Simon Painter; Creative Director: Jim Millan; Casting: Stuart Howard-SH Entertainment; Illusion Director: Mark Kalin; Press Representative: Boneau / Bryan-Brown; National Publicity: DKC; Advertising: AKA; Marketing: AKA

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Opening Night Cast

Andrew BassoThe Escapologist
Aaron CrowThe Warrior
Yu Ho-JinThe Manipulator
Jeff HobsonThe Trickster
Kevin JamesThe Inventor
Dan SperryThe Anti-Conjuror
Adam TrentThe Futurist
Victoria ChimentiMagician's Assistant
Rob CoglitoreMagician's Assistant
Kelly ConnollyMagician's Assistant
Tenealle FarragherMagician's Assistant
Lindsey FergusonMagician's Assistant
Todd HamptonMagician's Assistant
Edward Purnell HawkinsMagician's Assistant
Antonio HoyosMagician's Assistant
Claudia JamesMagician's Assistant
Brian JonesMagician's Assistant
Haruki KiyamaMagician's Assistant

Reviews


New York Daily News: "'The Illusionists: Witness the Impossible,' theater review"

In town for the holidays, “The Illusionists: Witness the Impossible” brings presto chango to Broadway in a light family-friendly entertainment that’s part “Gee whiz!” and part Cheez Whiz.

Fortunately, jaw-dropping trickery trumps the eye-rolling Las Vegas vibe that fills the air, along with haze, strobe effects and eardrum-thumping music by the onstage band.

Packaging is the name of the game here. This show, which has toured extensively, features seven star magicians, including ones you may recognize from TV talent shows and YouTube.

As a group, they’re promoted as “the Avengers of Magic.”

Those comic-book superheroes merged their special powers to become greater than the sum of their parts. The Illusionists, not so much. They tend to go it alone, and the show unfolds as a hodgepodge.

Still, there’s plenty of variety as acts range from Goth to goofball. The tatted and pierced “shock illusionist” Dan Sperry (The Anti-Conjuror) puts “ick” in trick using a Life Saver mint and a strand of dental floss he seemingly threads into his neck. Gross. How does he do it? Who knows? A camera that captures each act up close and projects it onto a video screen is no help.

There are more mysteries, including how Kevin James (The Inventor) appears to cut a man in two with a chainsaw and when Aaron Crow (The Warrior) seemingly shoots an apple off of a woman’s head with a crossbow for a stunt that’s dramatic, romantic and shiny with bling.

For a splash of tradition, Andrew Basso (The Escapologist) channels Houdini. Handcuffed and shackled, he races against time to get out of what could be his water-filled coffin.

The mood is lightened by Adam Trent (The Futurist), who weaves digital graphics into his act, and campy Jeff Hobson (The Trickster), who enlists audience members for his comedic bits.

Trent and Hobson also do card tricks, which are obsolete in company with the mind-boggling Yu Ho-Jin (The Manipulator). This prize-winning prestidigitator makes countless decks appear from nowhere — and change color. It’s fitting that he gets the last moment in the spotlight. He turns old tricks into new wows — and that’s practical magic.


New York Daily News
12/04/2014

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