They're a Hit! Penn & Teller Recoup on Broadway | Playbill

News They're a Hit! Penn & Teller Recoup on Broadway Penn & Teller on Broadway, which brings the provocative New Vaudeville magician team back to the Great White Way for a six-week stand, has recouped its entire initial investment of $2.85 million.

The production, which began previews July 7 at the Marquis Theatre prior to an official opening July 12, continues its limited engagement through Aug. 16. Following Broadway Penn & Teller will return to their record-breaking Las Vegas run at The Rio.

A production spokesperson previously told that the Broadway run is "a combination of stage magic from their Las Vegas show and classics from their repertoire–not based on their TV shows."

Penn & Teller
Penn & Teller


The team, which consists of the brash, hulking Penn Jillette and the silent, diminutive one-named Teller, made their first big splash Off-Broadway in 1985, and on Broadway in 1987 with their show Penn & Teller, followed by a 1991 engagement titled Penn & Teller: The Refrigerator Tour and another Off-Broadway appearance, Penn & Teller Rot in Hell.

They made another Broadway appearance in 2001, filling in for a week at Christmastime as the Narrators of the revival of The Rocky Horror Show. The team has toured extensively, including a record-breaking 14-year run at the Rio in Las Vegas, a feature film "Penn & Teller Get Killed," and a series of TV shows including "Penn & Teller Tell a Lie," "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" and "Penn & Teller: Bullshit!," the latter involving the team's using their knowledge of illusions to debunk common misconceptions, cons and conspiracy theories. It was nominated for 13 Emmy Awards.

Jillette issued a statement, saying, "When I was born in Greenfield, Massachusetts, I felt I should have been in NYC, and when I moved there I was home. 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 is produced by Marc Routh, Richard Frankel, Tom Viertel and Steve Baruch, the same team that has produced all their Broadway and Off-Broadway engagements.

Tickets are on sale via Ticketmaster, (877) 250-2929.

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