From Beth Morrison Projects, VisionIntoArt & Brooklyn Youth Chorus

AGING MAGICIAN is an epic new opera-theater work that tells the story of Harold, an aging clockmaker near the end of his unusual life. The Brooklyn Youth Chorus helps Harold uncover his legacy as the New Victory stage is transformed into a living, breathing instrument. Creators Julian Crouch (Shockheaded Peter, New Vic 1999), Rinde Eckert, Paola Prestini, Mark Stewart and the Attacca Quartet bring together the worlds of music, theater, puppetry, instrument making and scenic design to paint this poignant allegory on time, youth and the peculiar magic of ordinary life, or perhaps, the ordinary magic of a peculiar life.

"Julian Crouch has had a hand in the most imaginative theatre of the last decade."The Guardian "Mr. Eckert is an instinctive showman... appealing to both academics and young children"The New York Times "Paola Prestini—an inventive composer whose style mixes the ancient and the up-to-date, the folk inspired and the artfully polished"The New York Times "Among New York’s choral groups,
Brooklyn Youth Chorus stands alone."New York Magazine


Aging Magician is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, and by the New England Foundation for the Arts' National Theater Project, with lead funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.


Performance Facts

Performance Facts

75 minutes with no intermission
Tickets start at $16.
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Heads Up: Parental Considerations

Heads Up:
Parental Considerations

New opera theater work about a man's reflections at the end of his life. Contemplative pacing may be challenging for audiences under the age recommendation.


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And after! Experience the art forms onstage in Aging Magician for yourself: enjoy in-person Family Engagement programs at select performances (free for ticket-holders—see Calendar icons!) and connect with the New Vic on social media to digitally discover awesome activities.

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Getting to Know Beth Morrison Projects, VisionIntoArt & Brooklyn Youth Chorus

Beth Morrison Projects is known here in NYC for producing cutting-edge and exciting music-theater projects. She and her team have a knack for finding new talent, and support the work of both emerging and established composers and their multi-media collaborators. Co-creator and composer of AGING MAGICIAN, Paola Prestini is the Visionary-In-Chief for VisionIntoArt, another interdisciplinary producing powerhouse. Her co-creators on AGING MAGICIAN are Rinde Eckert, who stars in the show, Mark Stewart, who designed the instruments, and Julian Crouch—a New Vic alum four times over! Julian collaborated on New Vic favorites Shockheaded Peter in 1999, Wolves in the Walls in 2007 and Holiday House Party with Dan Zanes & Friends in 2008, plus he was a New Victory LabWorks Artist during the 2013-14 season. Together with Brooklyn Youth Chorus, led by Dianne Berkun-Menaker, this dream team pushes the boundaries of opera and theater!

Accolades and Highlights:

  • Paola Prestini was named one of the "Top 100 composers in the World under 40" by NPR and has been commissioned by Carnegie Hall, the Chicago Symphony, New York Philharmonic, New York City Opera and the Kronos Quartet.
  • Julian Crouch was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Scenic Design of a Musical for Hedwig and the Angry Inch in 2014 and won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Set Design for The Addams Family in 2011.
  • Rinde Eckert was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2007.



All The Way From...

New York, New York
...New York, New York


The 40 members of Brooklyn Youth Chorus who will perform during the run of Aging Magician come from all five boroughs of New York City.

Your Trip to Our Theaters


Just steps from the Times Square-42nd Street subway stops, The New Victory is a 499-seat, historic, jewel box theater restored to its original glory. The majority of our shows are presented here, in the oldest operating theater in New York City. Down in the lobby you'll find stroller parking, free lockers to store your stuff, healthy snacks and New Vic merch to take home. Take a 360° virtual tour!


Located inside the New 42nd Street Studios building, The Duke on 42nd Street is home to New Victory programming that requires a more intimate space.


Located just down the block from The New Victory Theater, the New 42nd Street Studios host New Vic shows geared towards our youngest audience members. The space allows for a variety of seating configurations, including options for floor seating, making it easy to move around and step out of the theater area if you and yours need to do so. Stroller parking and changing tables are available.


Where To Go

 The Duke on 42nd Street and New 42nd Street Studios
229 West 42nd Street New York, NY, 10036

 The New Victory Theater
209 West 42nd Street New York, NY, 10036


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