From Illusion to Reality

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From Illusion to Reality

The Illusionists are back on Broadway, this time, sub-titled,”Magic of the Holidays.”

The spectacle still presents many different genres of magic, but packaged with holiday decorations, boxes and bows, assistants dressed in candy cane costumes, and an underlying musical track of repetitive and slightly suspenseful sounding holiday music.

If you like all the mysterious elements that illusionists can offer, this production is certainly for you. The host of the show, Paul Dabek, is incredibly adept at being a funny and engaging host, with several really fabulous tricks up his sleeve as well.

The Illusionists runs the gamut from slight-of-hand, to mind-reading to levitation, to transference, to vivisection (and then back to being whole again).

There is a great deal of audience participation, and kids are particularly enchanted with the magical opportunities presented to them.

With a truly amazing set design by Vincent Schonbrodt, who is also technical director, this show does not fail to entertain. Get details and tickets.

From Illusion to Reality

For a much, much, much smaller scale show, in an off-Broadway house, the play One November Yankee offers up two seasoned television stars in a two-hander with a trio of stories interwoven into one. Starring the perennially youthful-looking and gorgeous Stefanie Powers, and Harry Hamlin (equally perennially youthful-looking and gorgeous), the play written and directed by Joshua Ravetch, explores three different sets of a brother and sister centered around a plane. The plane is almost another character in the piece, as it plays a most important role in each scenario. A unique premise for sure and worth a look.

Kudos to these two celebrated television actors for taking on these three roles in one play.

Through December 29 at 59 E 59 Theatre. Get details and tickets.

From Illusion to Reality


  • Five-time Billboard Award-winning media personality Valerie Smaldone is a theatre, food, lifestyle and entertainment enthusiast. She is a celebrity interviewer, accomplished voice-over artist and actress. Recent appearances on episodic tv include Law and Order, Criminal Intent, The Other Two (on HBO Max), Tommy, Manifest and Blue Bloods. She is an audiobook narrator and producer. A live event emcee, moderator, and "Voice of God" at events and award ceremonies, Valerie has joined The Story Plant Entertainment Company and is currently working on a film and Broadway play. Visit her website at

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