Dreams and Nightmares
|Adaptation: ||David Ives|
|Visual Artistic Director: ||Eiko Ishioka|
|Additional Lighting: ||Robert Wierzel|
|Creative Adviser: ||Francis Ford Coppola|
|Opened: ||12/96 at the Martin Beck Theater |
|With: ||David Copperfield |
Las Vegas moves to Broadway with Copperfield's magical extravaganza. The visual glamour, cinematic sound effects and dramatic music, however, detract from Copperfield's real skills as a master of prestidigitation. He executes complicated illusions effortlessly, a little too smoothly perhaps, without much spontaneity. (Not surprising, considering Copperfield performs more than 500 times a year.) The most magical moments of the show occur when Copperfield strolls through the audience performing sleight of hand using simple props such as a handkerchief or metal rings. And, despite his romance-novel-hero gaze and dark, dramatic appearance, Copperfield delivers friendly chatter throughout the show. Regardless of any flaws in the production, his appeal is indisputable (the show took in almost $5 million in sales before it opened), and audiences seem genuinely entertained by arguably the hardest-working magician in show biz.