Wednesday, February 13, 2013

30 Years Ago Today: Merlin

Here's the first in a series of blogs that look back at Broadway Musicals from 30, 20 and 10 years ago.  Enjoy!

The Playbill and Showcard

The Merch

Show: Merlin
Theatre: Mark Hellinger
Opening Night: February 13, 1983
Performances: 69 previews, 199 performances
Tonys: 5 nominations, including Best Musical; no wins
Who's Who (30 years later):  Lyricist: Don Black (Tony Nomination) (Song and Dance (Tony Nomination), Aspects of Love (Tony Nomination), Sunset Boulevard (Tony winner), Bombay Dreams, Dracula: The Musical, Bonnie and Clyde (Tony Nomination)); Star: Chita Rivera (Tony nomination) (The Rink (Tony Winner), Jerry's Girls (Tony Nomination), Kiss of the Spider Woman (Tony Winner), Nine (Tony Nomination), Chita Rivera: The Dancer's Life (Tony Nomination), The Mystery of Edwin Drood)

Don Black and Chita Rivera

Doug Henning as Merlin, 
Chita Rivera as The Queen

Guess Who Else Was In It?: Magician Doug Henning (passed away in 2000); Film star Christian Slater (Side Man, The Glass Menagerie); Stage and Screen star Nathan Lane (Guys and Dolls(Tony Nomination), Laughter on the 23rd Floor, Love! Valour! Compassion!, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Tony Winner), The Producers (Tony Winner), The Odd Couple, Butley, November, The Addams Family, The Nance).

Christian Slater and Nathan Lane

George Lee Andrews and Gregory Mitchell

Broadway Babies: George Lee Andrews (The Phantom of the Opera - longest-running performance by an actor in a single show, Evita) and the late Gregory Mitchell (passed away in 2004) Song and Dance, Dangerous Games, Aspects of Love, Man of La Mancha (1992), Kiss of the Spider Woman, Chronicle of a Death Foretold, Chicago, Steel Pier, Man of La Mancha (2002).


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