The 2014 version of Miral Kotb’s off-Broadway exhibition iLuminate is not set to officially open until January 27 at New World Stages, but it has already extended performances through September 7. The show, which first got attention on America’s Got Talent, combines music, art, dance and technological magic to create a theatrical spectacle for the audience.
iLuminate tells the fantastical story of Jacob, a talented young artist who struggles to connect with the real world. He takes comfort in his magical paintbrush, which gives him the ability to turn the characters in his imagination into living creations. When an envious townsperson takes the paintbrush and turns his charming creatures into terrifying monsters, Jacob must face this danger without the help of his instrument. He fights to save his town and friends, even as he knows that the paintbrush which brought him so much joy is now a weapon in the hands of a malevolent villain bent on destruction.
In addition to director, choreographer and author Kotb, the creative team includes co-author Athena Sunga, composer and musical director Justin “Kanobby” Keitt, composer Christopher Tignor, choreographer, scenic and costume designer John “JRock” Nelson, choreographer Dario Mejia and choreographer and costume designer Marcus Allan Cobb.