Penn and Teller Conjure a Broadway Run This Summer

Penn and Teller, the duo of comic magicians who haven’t appeared in New York for 15 years, head back to Broadway this summer for a six-week run beginning in July.

The stage show, simply called “Penn & Teller,” will include elements from their current show at the Rio in Vegas as well as familiar bits from their repertoire. The title fills in a programming gap at the Marquis Theater, where Gloria and Emilio Estefan musical “On Your Feet!” opens this fall.

If the last magic show at the Marquis is any indication, there’s an appetite for illusion among the tourists who flood Broadway in high-traffic seasons: “The Illusionists — Witness the Impossible” logged hefty numbers over a four-week run around the holidays.

The team of Penn Jillette and single-monikered partner Teller recently made the documentary “Tim’s Vermeer,” shortlisted for a 2014 Oscar, and have a TV series, “Penn & Teller: Fool Us!,” coming up on the CW.

They played Broadway in 1987 and 1991; they last played New York at the Beacon Theater on Manhattan’s Upper West Side in 2000.

On Broadway, “Penn & Teller” is produced by Marc Routh, Richard Frankel, Tom Viertel and Steve Baruch, who also produced the duo’s previous New York engagements. The show runs July 7-Aug. 16.

 

 

 

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