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Penn & Teller have a full summer ahead.
The magic-comedy duo announced Thursday that they’re returning to Broadway this summer for a limited six-week engagement, taking over the Marquis Theatre from July 7 through August 16. Their run — set 30 years after their initial New York premiere in 1985 and 40 years after they first debuted as a team — will include elements of their Las Vegas show, as well as classics from their repertoire.
Penn & Teller will move into the Marquis after last holiday season’s limited-run magic act, The Illusionists — Witness the Impossible, did massive business at the theater, grossing over $2.2 million in its final week. The duo’s last New York stage appearance was a weeklong engagement at the Beacon Theatre in 2000.
“When I was born in Greenfield, Mass., I felt I should have been in NYC, and when I moved there, I was home,” said Penn Jillette in a statement. “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?”
Penn & Teller’s new show will be produced by Marc Routh, Richard Frankel, Tom Viertel and Steve Baruch, the same team that produced their New York stage debut and each of their subsequent Broadway and off-Broadway engagements.
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