Penn & Teller Will Return To Broadway
The magic of Broadway takes on a whole new meaning this summer as two of the world’s best known illusionists return to the Great White Way! While a magic show may not be your typical production found on Broadway, it seems to be becoming more of a regular this season as the 2015-16 season will feature a magic show located in the heart of Times Square as this past season did! You more than likely know them from their multiple TV appearances and shows but be prepared to see them in a way like never before as a brand new stage production comes to life for the first time this summer. Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the exciting news that master magicians Penn & Teller will return to Broadway this summer!
Penn & Teller are American illusionists best known for their comedy and magic they have brought to the world since the 1970’s. The pair has appeared on multiple television shows such as Wizard Wars, The Late Show with David Letterman, The Apprentice, Fear Factor, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Friends and Saturday Night LIVE! just to mention a few. The two have also appeared in several movies. While the pair has made multiple stage appearances and launched multiple tours over the past 30 years, the two currently reside at The Rio in Las Vegas where they are the headlining act and have been for the past 14 years. They are known for a variety of acts but their best known trick may be their famed Bullet Catch. In 2013, they were both honored with a shared star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for 35 years of live entertainment. The star is located just steps away from Houdini and down the street from The Magic Castle. They have also been awarded with the Las Vegas Magicians of the Year award for their current production.
The pair will return to Broadway this summer for a brand new self-titled production at the Marquis Theatre this summer! The show will run for a strictly limited engagement running from July 7th through August 16th only. The production will not extend as the duo will return to The Rio in Las Vegas immediately following their run in New York. This new production is set to include elements from their current Las Vegas production and several classics from their repertoire.
This will not be the first time Penn & Teller have taken to Broadway before! The pair first appeared in New York Off-Broadway in 1985 before moving to Broadway in 1987 playing the Walter Kerr Theatre (Then the Ritz Theatre). The pair last returned to Broadway in 1991 making it a stop on their Refrigerator Tour playing the Eugene O’Neill Theatre. They also appeared in New York, not on Broadway, at the Beacon Theatre in 2000. Their appearance in on Broadway this summer is presented by Marc Routh, Richard Frankel, Tom Viertel and Steve Baruch. This is also the team who has presented them every other time while in New York.
In a statement to the press, Penn described his excitement to return to Broadway this summer saying:
“When I was born in Greenfield, Massachusetts, I felt I should have been in NYC, and when I moved there I was home. We loved being on Broadway. We love doing our show in Vegas, but even after all this time in Vegas . . . well, coming back to Broadway feels like we’re coming home. Our hearts never left. Do they make Elmo costumes in my size?”
Magic at the Marquis? The Nederlander’s might be on to something here. It’s probably no coincidence that Penn & Teller’s Broadway return this summer will hit the Marquis Theatre. Located in the heart of Times Square, the Marquis was home earlier this season to The Illusionists: Witness The Impossible which broke box offices at the theatre and proved to be the best-selling magic show in Broadway history. I’m sure the Nederlander Organization is hoping Penn & Teller will benefit much the same not only being located in the heart of the theatre district but also bringing magic to the Great White Way which is not your typical Broadway production.
Don’t miss your chance to experience magic on Broadway this summer as Penn & Teller return to New York for the first time in over a decade! As mentioned above, the strictly limited engagement will more than likely not extend as the two return to Las Vegas immediately following their New York run! This brief appearance will be a major draw to tourists filling New York during the summer months who know Penn & Teller from around the world. For more information, visit Penn & Teller’s Official Website or Facebook Page. And of course, be sure to check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know!