Thursday, March 24, 2011
Theatre Thursday: Escapism
Metamorphosis was created by a magician named John Nevil Maskelyne. (This guy also invented the pay toilet. Enterprising bloke.) However, the illusion is most closely associated with the man who is featured prominently on today's Google doodle: Harry Houdini.
The Pendragons. However, Henning's version (with Didi Conn) is one of my favorites:
The Magic Show featured music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, most notably "Lion Tamer"
and "West End Avenue."
Henning's next show, Merlin, did not enjoy the long-running success of The Magic Show, but it did run for 199 performances (and 69 previews) and it was nominated for 5 Tony awards including Best Musical.
Henning would return to Broadway once more for a special limited performance run called Doug Henning & His World of Magic. I don't know if video of that show exists, but I didn't find any. Instead, I will leave you with this video of Doug on The Muppet Show.
Have a great Thursday everyone, and get out this weekend to see some live theatre near you!