Top Broadway magic show for SA

A scene from The Illusionists Direct From Broadway… in South Africa early in 2018.


IT IS giving Durban the cold shoulder, but a lavish production being promoted as “the best-selling magic show in Broadway history” is headed for Johannesburg and Cape Town early in 2018.

Leading local promoter, Showtime Management, has announced that after record-breaking runs in New York, London and Asia, The Illusionists Direct from Broadway will be in South Africa for the first time next year.

The show is scheduled to open at Cape Town’s GrandWest on Wednesday, February 7, for a limited season ending on Sunday, February 11. It then moves to Montecasino’s Teatro, Gauteng, from Valentine’s Day, Wednesday, February 14, to Sunday, March 11.

“This mind-blowing spectacular showcases the jaw-dropping talents of seven of the most incredible illusionists on Earth. They have shattered box-office records across the globe and dazzled audiences of all ages with a powerful mix of the most outrageous and astonishing acts ever to be seen on stage,” says a spokesman.

“This non-stop show is packed with thrilling and sophisticated magic of unprecedented proportions. Audiences will witness acts of grand illusion, levitation, mindreading and disappearance.”

The group of world-class performers takes its cue from the showmanship of the great illusionists of the past, such as Harry Houdini, and pair it with a new and updated contemporary aesthetic, whose set and costumes design lend the genre theatricality and artistry that has rarely been seen before, the spokesman explains.

Collectively these performers have been seen by millions of people around the world and this production showcases their incredible talents together on stage for the first time.

With the conclusion of the 2016  to 2017 season, The Illusionists Direct from Broadway holds the record as the highest-grossing show in a single week at the Marquis and Neil Simon Theatres (Broadway), the Shaftesbury Theatre (London West End), the Sydney Opera House (Sydney), the Arts Centre Melbourne (Melbourne), and the Auditorio Nacional (Mexico City).

Creative producer Simon Painter says: “Everyone at The Illusionists is thrilled to be coming to South Africa. 2017 proved to be an amazing year for the production and we are excited to keep that momentum going.”

Ticket prices vary from R250 to R500 and booking is now open at Computicket outlets.

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