Wednesday, August 6, 2014


Doug Henning had built a musical around his magic act in 1974 that ran 1,920 performances. He tried again in 1983 with Merlin but lightning didn't strike twice.

Because Mr. Henning, who plays Merlin, cannot act, dance or sing, the authors must write their show around their title character and build it instead on the shoulders of the secondary players. ~ Frank Rich (New York Times)

The supporting roles were played by the talented Nathan Lane, Chita Rivera and Christian Slater. Clips of the opening number and Chita's first song are online but sadly no clips of the song titled "Satan Rules."

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