Call it Wrestlemagica...
The new World Underground Theatre at WWF New York will begin its premiere performance, Criss Angel MINDFREAK, Nov. 20. Angel will put on a show of illusion and magic in the new 150-seat theater-in-the round, using otherworldly creatures to aid him "as he discards the conventional tools of his trade and redefines centuries of tradition," according to a press statement. The intimate space will allow the illusions to be up close and personal.
Angel has been studying the art of music and illusion for years in addition to his studies of martial arts, dance and pyrotechnics. Angel created and directed "MINDFREAK" and wrote the original score along with Klayton. He is backed up by an award-winning team of tech experts, including design by John Farrell (Radio City's Christmas Spectaculars), movement consultation by choreographer Debra Brown (Cirque du Soleil, Madonna's Drowned World Tour 2001), creature design and construction by Steve Johnson ("Men in Black," "Species") and lighting by seven-time Tony Award winners Jules Fisher and Peggy Eisenhauer.
Angel said in a statement, "I want the audience to connect emotionally to each moment and for the lines of reality and illusion to be blurred. I believe that's what keeps people on the edge of their seats."
Criss Angel MINDFREAK begins Nov. 20 at the World Underground Theatre at WWF New York (Broadway and 43rd Street). Tickets go on sale Monday, Oct. 29 and can be purchased at WWF New York or by calling Ticketmaster at (212) 307-4100. — Steve Luber