The Illusionists to Launch Tour at RiverCenter Ahead of Broadway Run

Aug 23, 2019

August 23, 2019


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The Illusionists to Launch Tour at RiverCenter Ahead of Broadway Run

Columbus, Georgia— This November, RiverCenter will launch a tour of The Illusionists­—Magic of the Holidays ahead of a Broadway run with a single performance on Saturday, November 16 at 7:30 p.m. The show will move to Broadway at the Neil Simon Theatre for a record fifth holiday season, playing from Friday, November 29-Sunday, January 5, then tour to cities across the country in 2020.


“We could not be happier to welcome The Illusionists back to RiverCenter as the tour kicks off right here in Columbus – and then heads to Broadway,” said RiverCenter Executive Director Norman Easterbrook. “With this production of The Illusionists—The Magic of the Holidays, Christmas comes a little bit early this year.” Easterbrook said that the artists, creative team and crew will be on site at RiverCenter for approximately ten days, employing dozens of local individuals, occupying area hotels and taking advantage of Columbus eateries, materials suppliers and other services to support their preparation for their tour and opening in New York City.


“This show is an extension of RiverCenter’s economic development mission to support jobs and small businesses in the Columbus area,” said Easterbrook. “We have hosted similar tour launches, one just a few weeks ago with the new leg of the RENT national tour, and last September with the tour launch of Something Rotten. The Illusionists—Magic of the Holidays is very special because it comes with the added advantage of affording area residents a chance to see a Broadway show before it gets to Broadway!”

Returning to Broadway by popular demand for the limited run, the mind-blowing holiday spectacular directed by Neil Dorward showcases the jaw-dropping talents of seven of the most incredible illusionists on earth, including Chris Cox – “The Mentalist,” Paul Dabek – “The Trickster,” Kevin James  - “The Inventor,” Hyun Joon Kim – “The Manipulator,” SOS & Victoria Petrosyan ‘ “The Transformationalists,” and Enzo Weyne – “The Unforgettable,” and the Verba Shadow Theatre.


Since The Illusionists’ 2014 Broadway debut, the blockbuster world-famous touring magic spectacular has wowed, entertained, and inspired more than 276,000 audience members of all ages in four different incarnations: Witness The Impossible, Live on Broadway, Turn of the Century and Magic of the Holidays. More than 20 different performers have appeared on Broadway with the Illusionists, bringing their talents to New York from renowned stages world-wide including “America’s Got Talent,” “Britain’s Got Talent,” Royal Variety Performances, Los Angeles’ famed Magic Castle, and The Illusionists smash hit engagements on London’s West End and on tour around the United States and Canada. Continually breaking box office records all over the world, last year’s Broadway production concluded with the best week ever for The Illusionists over four Broadway engagements, and the best-selling week anywhere for the acclaimed Illusionists brand.


Producers for this year’s engagement include Simon Painter, Tim Lawson, MagicSpace Entertainment and The Works Entertainment. Additional information for the New York City performances can be found at


Tickets for the November 16 performance at RiverCenter go on sale on Friday, August 23 at the RiverCenter box office. Box office hours are Monday-Friday, 10 AM – 5:30 PM. Tickets may also be ordered by phone at 706-256-3612 or online at


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