The Illusionists Recoups And Plans Broadway Return
The magic of Broadway has taken on a new meaning the past two holiday seasons as a band of magicians from around the world have descended upon New York bringing to life the best-selling magic show in Broadway history while presenting the number one selling magic show in the world on Broadway. As Broadway has learned once again, that magic extends far beyond the stage and even into the box office itself. Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the exciting news that The Illusionists recouped on its second Broadway engagement and plans to return for a third next season!
The Illusionists have managed to conjure up magic once again this season on Broadway recouping during their second engagement in New York. The show’s original run, subtitled Witness The Impossible, recouped last year after playing The Marquis Theatre after just three weeks of performances. This time around, the show subtitled Live On Broadway, recouped following the show’s final weeks on Broadway and a record-breaking week at the show’s new home, The Neil Simon Theatre. According to Forbes, producers plan to “bring the show back to Broadway each winter for the foreseeable future”. However, a return Broadway engagement has yet to be officially announced at this time.
According to producers, the 2014 incarnation of the show a smaller budget and a “more robust economy to boost it”. It is more than likely the economy producers are referring to is the Broadway economy which did not include mega-hits such as School of Rock, Something Rotten, Hamilton, Fun Home or The Color Purple just to name a few of the slam dunk shows that have arrived on Broadway since The Illusionists last appeared. As previously reported on Luner on Theatre, The Illusionists: Live On Broadway managed to score the number five-spot on the top five selling shows list for the week ending January 3rd. The show raked in a total gross of $1,671,622 for the week breaking the house record previously set by All The Way.
Producers did note the show started off to a slower start this season than last year. The return of The Illusionists brought crowd favorites such as Adam Trent, Dan Sperry, Yu Ho-Jin and Jeff Hobson back to Broadway who appeared in the 2014 version of the production. New magicians James More, Raymond Crowe and Jonathan Goodwin were introduced to the New York audiences for the first time. Meanwhile, the production tapped Kevin James and Andrew Basso, who appeared on Broadway last season, to helm the London West End production subtitled Witness The Impossible this season. That production just concluded a record-breaking run at the Shaftesbury Theatre raking in £3.45 million, the most for any limited engagement in the theater’s history.
Congratulations to The Illusionists on another fantastic, recouping run during their second engagement on Broadway! The Illusionists: Live From Broadway is slated to return to the road in early February picking up on the West Coast with a run in Los Angeles for six weeks! Of course, this is just one of many cities that will experience the magic of The Illusionists this season as the show returns to the tour circuit. For more information, visit The Illusionists Official Website, Facebook or Twitter. (Copyright Note; Unless noted, we do not own/claim ownership for any photos used in this post) And of course, check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know and so much more!