EXCLUSIVE: Hugh Jackman may not make it to Times Square as Houdini, but Oz and magic are still in the cards for the Main Stem: Road Show Theatrical, a new joint venture pairing investors Kilburn Media Partners and presenter/management company The Production Office, will make its Broadway debut during the coming holiday season with The Illusionists — Witness The Impossible, a Las Vegas-style extravaganza slated to run at the Nederlander Organization-managed Marquis Theatre. Road Show is fully financing the show to the tune of ”several million dollars,” according to the principals, Kilburn CEO Mark Manuel and Production Office managing partner Gregory Young.
Under the WME banner, The Illusionists has been filling theaters in Australia and New Zealand, including the Sydney Opera House, with a splashy combination of magic acts and production numbers. The stars are billed as “seven of the most incredible illusionists on Earth.” The Marquis run is set for November 26 through January 4.
“This is an exciting expansion of the business model of Kilburn Media into live theatrical productions,” said Manuel. “It further develops our model as a producer and financier of entertainment content, in all of its various formats.” Kilburn’s privately managed film fund makes debt and equity investments in filmed entertainment. The company recently partnered with Demarest Films to fund Jeremy Renner’s production company The Combine. It’s also financing the Jason Segel/Jesse Eisenberg starrer The End Of The Tour, based on the life of writer David Foster Wallace.
“For years we have been eager to expand our entertainment expertise to the world of Hollywood, but we want to do it right and most importantly with the right people,” said Young. ”We have been fortunate to have found great partners in Kilburn Media.”
Production Office, mainly a tour presenter, is developing Mozart, a rock opera that premiered in Paris in 2009 and has toured France, Belgium and Switzerland. Road Show has several projects in development, Manuel and Young said, and anticipates financing and producing three to five projects annually.