World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

The Magic Show

Article Id: WHEBN0007315145
Reproduction Date:

Title: The Magic Show  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: Stephen Schwartz (composer), Jon Finlayson, 29th Tony Awards, 6 Rms Riv Vu, Stephen Schwartz
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia

The Magic Show

The Magic Show
Original Production
Music Stephen Schwartz
Lyrics Stephen Schwartz
Book Bob Randall
Productions 1974 Broadway

The Magic Show is a one-act musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and a book by Bob Randall. It starred magician Doug Henning. Produced by Edgar Lansbury, it opened in May 1974 at the Cort Theatre and ran for 1,920 performances, closing on December 31, 1978. Henning was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical and director Grover Dale was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical.

It originally began life as Spellbound produced by Ivan Reitman with a book by David Cronenberg and music by Howard Shore at the Royal Alexandra Theatre in Toronto in 1973 starring Henning and Jennifer Dale. When Reitman took it to New York, the book and score were entirely replaced[1] but Henning's illusions and magic tricks remained unchanged.

As of February 2014, The Magic Show is the 34th longest-running musical in Broadway history.[2]


  • Synopsis 1
  • Musical numbers 2
  • Opening night cast 3
  • Opening night band 4
  • DVD-version 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


The setting for the show is a seedy nightclub, the Top Hat, where an aging alcoholic magician, "Feldman the Magnificent," chews the scenery in his overly grand performance. Manny, the Top Hat owner, wants to replace him and brings in Doug. Doug is very unconventional and has an assistant named Cal. Cal is in love with Doug, but he does not notice her and is focused on advancing his career. Donna and Dina are the rock act in the club. One of them dates the nephew of a big agent named Goldfarb. Goldfarb is coming to the club to check out Donna and Dina's act, and everyone is excited.

Meanwhile, Doug pays little attention to Cal and decides that he needs a "beautiful assistant". Cal is hurt, as Doug conjures up the beautiful Charmin. Donna and Dina get jealous, and along with Feldman, plot to expose the secrets to Doug's tricks during the show. Doug finally realizes he loves Cal, and gets to her before she leaves. Charmin is sent back to wherever she came from, and all ends up well.

Musical numbers

  • Up to His Old Tricks - Entire Company
  • Solid Silver Platform Shoes - Dina and Donna
  • Lion Tamer - Cal
  • Style - Feldman and Company
  • Charmin's Lament - Charmin
  • Two's Company - Dina and Donna
  • The Goldfarb Variations - Dina, Feldman, Donna, Manny and Charmin
  • Doug's Act - Doug
  • A Bit of Villainy - Feldman, Dina and Donna
  • West End Avenue - Cal
  • Sweet, Sweet, Sweet - Charmin, Manny, Mike and Steve
  • Before Your Very Eyes - Dina, Donna and Feldman

Opening night cast

Opening night band

  • Stephen Reinhardt, keyboards, musical director
  • Paul Shaffer, keyboards
  • Steve Manes, bass
  • Brian McCormick, guitar
  • Gerry Weiner, guitar
  • Joey Saulter, drums


In 2001, The Magic Show was issued on DVD from Image Entertainment as a filmed performance of a production staged especially for the cameras from 1980, directed by Norman Campbell at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Toronto. This production, originally intended for cinema release, differed notably from the original Broadway production, with several of the most memorable songs, such as "West End Avenue" and "Solid Silver Platform Shoes", removed. Doug Henning reprised his original starring role, while Didi Conn co-starred as Cal.


  1. ^ Mel Atkey, Broadway North: The Dream of a Canadian Musical Theatre, Natural Heritage Books, Toronto, 2006, p.186
  2. ^ WorldHeritage: List of the longest-running Broadway shows

External links

  • The Magic Show at the Internet Broadway Database
  • Information about the DVD of the show and recordings of songs from the show by other Broadway stars
  • Australian Production of THE MAGIC SHOW on YouTube
This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.