The Bill Graham Memorial Foundation will host Penn & Teller at the Gramercy Theatre on November 12, 2009. Funds raised through the exclusive appearance will be donated to a local school in the tri-state area. The goal of the Foundation is to continue Bill’s good work in assisting those whose needs are oftentimes not noticed or served by larger philanthropic organizations. Currently, the Foundation awards grants primarily in the areas of music, the arts, and education, while also supporting social work, environmental protection, and spiritual and compassionate projects in the community. The foundation has enlisted the expertise of The VH1 Save the Music Foundation to determine which school will be selected as the recipient of the donation.
Penn & Teller have not played New York City in nine years. This performance is titled 35 Years of Magic & BS. Only 400 seats will be sold at a ticket price of $99.00 to benefit the Bill Graham Memorial Foundation. Comedian and self-described “larger, louder half” of Penn & Teller, Penn Jillette shared, “Our first ticketed show in NYC in over 9 years (that’s almost 10!) will be a Q&A for P&T with a few classic bits thrown in for good measure. We wanted to donate magic equipment, but we were convinced all the cool kids want to play music. Oh, and yes, Teller WILL speak.” Executive Director of The Bill Graham Memorial Foundation Morton Wiggins added, “It is essential that the youth of America be afforded the opportunity to have the presence of the arts in their lives. This was always an important issue to the Bill Graham Memorial Foundation, and our efforts to support both communities and schools in need are a constant as we focus our priorities. It is a luxury to have Penn & Teller, and other legends from music and the arts, supporting our commitment to these essential programs. We could not be more thrilled, and appreciative of their joining us in making a difference.” World renowned sideshow personality Todd Robbins will serve as moderator for this special appearance.
The Gramercy Theatre is located at 127 East 23rd Street. All seats for this exclusive event will be reserved. Following the performance, there will be an audience Q&A, and a commemorative poster gifted to all attendees, with the opportunity to meet Penn and Teller and get the poster autographed. Tickets are available online at www.livenation.com, the Fillmore New York at Irving Plaza Box Office, and via phone by dialing 877-598-8694.