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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (above left), based on Mark Haddon's award-winning 2003 novel, is the first non-musical Broadway Across America has brought to Orlando. An American in Paris (above right), inspired by the 1951 film starring Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron, features showstopping choreography and timeless George and Ira Gershwin music. ������������ ���������� ������������ ���������� ���������� ������������ ������������- mances at New York’s Gershwin Theatre, has been booked as a season option. An Orlando favorite, Wicked ran for nearly three weeks at the Bob Carr Theater in 2013. The witches take over the Walt Disney Theater from January 11-29, 2017. Here’s what to expect from each of the shows — and their characters: �� The Illusionists — Live from Broadway (October 4-9). The season begins in October, as if by magic, with The Illusionists. The show brings together seven of the world’s leading illusionists, each offering a unique — and spectacular — approach to the craft. Among the stars is Dan Sperry, a fastpaced “shock illusionist” who mixes magic with the macabre, dresses in black leather with heavy makeup and describes himself as ���������������������������������������������������������������������������������� Like other stars of The Illusionists, Sperry also has a stage name: “The Anti-Conjuror,” which he adopted early in his career when the label “magician” just didn’t bring in the crowds he was hoping for. He soared to stardom following a 2010 run on NBC’s America’s Got Talent, where he made the �������������������� The other stars are masters in their own decidedly strange — at times seemingly death-defying — genres. Yu Ho-Jin, “The Manipulator,” was recently named the 2014 Magician of the Year by the ������������������������������������������������������������������������������������ 62 artsLife | FALL 2016 Asian to win the Grand Prix at the Fédération Internationale des Sociétés Magiques, also known as the “Olympics of Magic.” Jeff Hobson, “The Trickster,” is a masterful performer who “steals the show like a slick bank robber,” according to the New York Daily News. Andrew Brasso, “The Escapologist,” is the only person in the world who performs Houdini’s famous “Water Torture Cell” illusion with absolutely no covers. Like Houdini a century ago, Brasso is lowered head down, his feet manacled, into a ������������������������������������������������������������������������������������ ���������������������������������������������������������������������������������� leaving audiences as breathless as if they had been immersed alongside him. Kevin James, “The Inventor,” is one of �������� ���������� ���������������� ������������������ ������ ������������ ������ the world, and has devised some of the most celebrated illusions of the last century. Ben Blaque, “The Weapon Master,” performs dangerous acts of dexterity using powerful crossbows to shoot various objects supported by his trusting assistant. Colin Cloud, “The Deductionist,” will discern what you’ve had for lunch, where you’ve been that day, what you do for a living, the kind of car you drive and even your PIN number. He’ll tell you everything about yourself — and then explain how he was able to do it. Finally, Jonathan Goodwin, “The Daredevil,” is considered one of the most skilled stunt performers in the world. He’s been PHOTOS BY JOAN MARCUS (THE CURIOUS INCIDENT) AND MATTHEW MURPHY (AN AMERICAN IN PARIS)


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