The Illusionists Set New Broadway Record
Quick, name the top grossing magic show to ever be presented on Broadway? Would it be Doug Henning in “The Magic Show”? How about David Copperfield’s “Dreams & Nightmares” back in 1997? Could it even be Harry Houdini at the Hippodrome or even The Palace? If you guessed any of these shows you would be wrong.
Broadway World Just announced, the new edition of the popular show THE ILLUSIONISTS – TURN OF THE CENTURY grossed $2,397,106 for the week ending January 1, 2017, which eclipses records at Broadway’s famed Palace Theatre and tops a record set two years ago, by The Illusionists – Witness The Impossible at the Marquis Theater.
That also makes THE ILLUSIONISTS – TURN OF THE CENTURY the most successful magic show in Broadway history. Last week was the highest grossing week for a magic show in Broadway history; it included the single day gross record at the Palace Theatre of $469,813 on December 28, 2016. This was the best week ever for The Illusionists in three seasons on Broadway.
Producer Simon Painter said “I am delighted that The Illusionists has become a holiday celebration on Broadway. For three years in a row we have been welcomed by cheering New Yorkers and tourists alike. It was particularly gratifying this year to play The Palace Theatre the historical and spiritual home of spectacular magic in New York”.
THE ILLUSIONISTS – TURN OF THE CENTURY is set at the turn of the 20th Century, when conjurers were the true rock stars of the day. Showcasing the origins of some of the greatest and most dangerous illusions ever built, the show also unveils never-before-seen experiments drawn from a treasure trove of long-forgotten mysteries. It was natural that this show was produced in the Palace Theater, a venue renowned for housing the world’s premiere magicians and vaudeville acts of what is known as the golden age of magic.
Leading the production was The Clairvoyants (Thommy Ten and Amélie van Tass), who were runners-up in the 2016 season of NBC’s “America’s Got Talent”. The Austrian natives’ finale performance was seen by nearly 14 million people in the show’s largest audience in five years. The act left AGT host and judges Nick Cannon, Simon Cowell, Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum, and Mel B. stunned.
THE ILLUSIONISTS – TURN OF THE CENTURY cast also featured Dana Daniels (The Charlatan), Charlie Frye (The Eccentric), Mark Kalin (The Showman), Jinger Leigh (The Conjuress), Justo Thaus (The Grand Carlini), and Rick Thomas (The Immortal), joined by returning audience favorite Jonathan Goodwin (The Daredevil).
More than 100 years after the Golden Age of magic, the legendary magicians and shocking feats of the vaudeville era returned home in the heart of Times Square at the Palace Theatre. Harry Houdini himself performed at the Palace, which opened on March 24, 1913, riding the wave as New York City became the American epicenter of live entertainment.
Last year, The Illusionists – Live On Broadway broke the record for the highest weekly box office gross ever at the Neil Simon Theatre, and was one of just four shows in the 2015-2016 Broadway season to announce earning back its investment. During the 2014-2015 holiday season, The Illusionists – Witness The Impossible set weekly gross records at the Marquis Theatre.
In addition to Painter, the creative team for THE ILLUSIONISTS – TURN OF THE CENTURY includes executive producer Tim Lawson and director Neil Dorward.