PUFFS Will Celebrate 500 Performances July 21
PUFFS or: Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic & Magic, the hit comedy currently running New World Stages, will celebrate its landmark 500th Peformance Off Broadway this Saturday, July 21.
As its international profile and audience response has exploded, the Australian debut of Puffs - the show's first-ever global expansion - will soon become Melbourne's longest running play of the last century. Presented by Tilted Windmills Theatricals (John Arthur Pinckard & David Carpenter) in partnership with Australia's leading touring and ticketing company TEG [LIVE], Puffs was recently extended at Melbourne's Alex Theater in St. Kilda through August 12, 2018. Earlier this year, fans across the country experienced the excitement of the stage play on the big screen through Fathom Events.
From its origins at the Peoples Improv Theater in 2015 to its official Off-Broadway opening at the Elektra Theater in 2016, and now entertaining over 35,000 audience members, Puffs continues its remarkable journey. The show's record breaking Off Broadway at New World Stages (340 West 50th Street) is on sale through March 3, 2019. For tickets, please visit www.PuffsthePlay.com.
PUFFS - presented by Tilted Windmills Theatricals (John Arthur Pinckard & David Carpenter) - takes a hilarious second look at everyone's favorite world of wizards through the eyes of the Puffs, a lovable group of magical misfits. After the transfer to New World Stages last summer, the sold-out sensation was hailed as "funny and affectionate," by Time Out New York, which added "there's heart as well as humor here." The New Yorker says "the audience nearly weeps with joy." According to the SYFY Channel, "to say Puffs is a lot of fun just might be an understatement. You'll laugh a lot, but the show has its heartfelt and slightly serious moments too." It was called "a fast paced romp" by The New York Times. Mugglenet recently exclaimed: "Go buy a ticket immediately. I promise you will not regret it." The Wall Street Journal called it "an alternate narrative from the underdog." Puffs is written by Matt Cox and directed by Kristin McCarthy Parker. Tickets are now on sale at www.Telecharge.com.
When Puffs opened at the Elektra in 2016 after its original run at New York's Peoples Improv Theater, it immediately started gaining national media attention. The show was praised by Entertainment Weekly as "packed with knowing winks to its source material and a heart all its own" and by The Huffington Post for its "rip-roaring staging, wit and delightful theatrical craft." MTV News called it "equally laugh-out-loud funny and achingly tender." Hypable said "come prepared to laugh, but also to cry. The draw is Matt Cox's brilliant script and the cast's comedic chops." According to Nerdist, "As surprised as I was by how much I laughed at Puffs, I was all the more surprised at how it actually moved me."
For seven years a certain boy wizard went to Wizard School. This, however, is not his story. This is the story of The Puffs... who just happened to be there too. This is a play for anyone who has never been destined to save the world. Puffs, or: Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic & Magic is a Potter inspired comedy for anyone who has ever felt like a secondary character in someone else's story. The play gives you a new look at a familiar adventure from the perspective of three new heroes just trying to make it through magic school.
The full company features Lacy Allen, Michael Axelrod, Langston Belton, Madeleine Bundy, Jessie Cannizzaro, Nick Carrillo, Broderick Clavery, Anna Dart, A.J. Ditty, Kullan Edberg, James Fouhey, Alex Haynes, Criena House, Jake Keefe, Andy Miller, Sonia Mena, Zac Moon and Stephen Stout. Puffs has production and costume design by Madeleine Bundy, lighting design by Herrick Goldman, sound design by Matt Cox and original music by Brian Hoes. Daniel Kuney/KGM Theatrical serves as general manager.
The show is produced by Tilted Windmills Theatricals (John Arthur Pinckard & David Carpenter), Stamatios Tom Hiotis, John Paterakis, George Stephanopoulos, Invisible Wall Productions, Letter Blue Entertainment, Sally Cade Holmes, Heather Shields, The Harris Brothers, and Alan Koolik/David Treatman, in association with GG Entertainment, Mark & Alison Law, Paul C. Bongiorno, Oliver Baer, Eric Kelhoffer, and Stephen Stout and Colin Waitt. It was originally produced at The Peoples Improv Theater by Stephen Stout and Colin Waitt, and developed in part during a residency with the University of Florida, School of Theatre + Dance, Jerry Dickey, School Director.
PUFFS or: Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic & Magic is performed at New World Stages (340 West 50th Street, New York, NY 10019). The current performance schedule is Monday, Thursday and Friday at 8:00 PM; Saturday at 2:00 PM and 8:00 PM; and Sunday at 3:00 PM and 7:30 PM. Both the Saturday and Sunday matinee shows are special "Family Friendly" performances for audiences of all ages. Tickets, which are on sale at Telecharge.com, start at $52.00. Premium seats are $87-$97.
Photo Credit: Hunter Canning