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The Magic Show (1983)

 -  Comedy | Musical  -  3 March 1983 (Canada)
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A young magician with an unorthodox look and style's first big break is threatened by a villainous rival.

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Complete credited cast:
Doug Henning ...
Doug
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Cal
Jon Finlayson ...
Van Zyskin
Jack Creley ...
Shumway
Sandee Currie ...
Donna
Taborah Johnson ...
Dina
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Charmin
Paul Soles ...
Manny
Paul Dorsey ...
Barney
Paul Gordon ...
Steve
Barnie Wood ...
Mike
Aaron Ferguson ...
9 Year Old Boy
Eric Richard ...
8 Year Old Boy
Les Rubie ...
Stage Doorman
Hadley Kay ...
Boy in Audience
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At the nightclub Chez Manny, a new young magician, Doug, and his assistant, Cal, are hired as the headline act. Unlike the washed up no talent, Van Zyskin with his cliché style, Doug is an young ingénue with long hair and casual clothes, but with amazing talent. With the rumor of an important producer coming to see the show, the jealous Van Zyskin is determined not be overshadowed by the young upstart. He plans to steal Doug's secrets and undermine his young rival's confidence despite what unappreciated protection that Cal can provide. Can Doug keep true to himself and his art and appreciate his gifts despite what the villain plans? The result are certain to be magical. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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3 March 1983 (Canada)  »

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Major disappointment
13 April 2002 | by (Pittsburgh, PA) – See all my reviews

Have seen the original production and loved the score, imagine my delight at finding "The Magic Show" at my local DVD store. What a waste of money! Although the story is essentially the same, the show that is on this DVD is a poor substitute. Stephen Schwartz, what were you thinking? Solid Silver Platform Shoes, West End Avenue, and Sweet, Sweet, Sweet were all eliminated. Charmin's Lament was rewritten to be an interminably wretched number. Anita Morris was barely in the show. Mostly notably missing was David Ogden Stiers, replaced by someone who resembled Snidely Whiplash on drugs. Save your money!


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