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The Magic Show (1974 Original Broadway Cast) [Cast Recording]

Stephen Schwartz, David Ogden Stiers, Anita Morris, Doug HenningAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 20, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Cast Recording
  • Label: January Records
  • ASIN: B00000DBV7
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #375,471 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Up To His Old Tricks - Anita Morris/Robert LuPone/Loyd Sannes/Ronald Stafford/Doug Henning
2. Solid Silver Platform Shoes - Cheryl Barnes/Annie McGreevey
3. Lion Tamer - Dale Soules
4. Style - David Ogden Stiers And Company
5. Two's Company - Cheryl Barnes/David Ogden Stiers/Annie McGreevey/Robert LuPone/Anita Morris
6. Charmin's Lament - Anita Morris
7. The Goldfarb Variations - Cheryl Barnes/David Ogden Stiers/Annie McGreevey/Robert LuPone/Anita Morris
8. West End Avenue - Dale Soules
9. Sweet, Sweet, Sweet - Anita Morris/Robert LuPone/Loyd Sannes/Ronald Stafford/Doug Henning
10. Before Your Very Eyes - Cheryl Barnes/Annie McGreeley
11. Finale - Anita Morris/Robert LuPone/Loyd Sannes/Ronald Stafford/Doug Henning

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Under Represented Show March 6, 2000
Format:Audio CD
I just recently bought "The Magic Show" because of hearing previous renditions of "West End Avenue" (Alice Ripley; absolutely amazing), "Lion Tamer" (Christen Chenoweth), and "Solid Silver Platform Shoes" (Alice Ripley & Emily Skinner; DIVA!) The album itself is very upbeat and energenic. The rendition of "Solid Silver..." is awesome and doesn't fall short of the new one. The best thing about this album is the fabulous Anita Morris. Her "Charmin's Lament" is a singing sensation. It's a great comedy piece as well as vocally challenging. There's also some great belts in "Sweet, Sweet" Overall the entire album is a fun show, and besides I love Stephen Schwartz. Give it a try, you won't be disappointed!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Magic Show January 8, 2000
Format:Audio CD
This is by far a hidden treasure. I remember seeing The Magic Show many times on Broadway and hearing the score bought back many memories of those days at the Cort Theater. Many in the show have gone on to bigger better things(David Ogden Stires,Anita Morris, and little known at the time keyboardist Paul Shaffer)IT is wonderful to have them together here in this wonderful CD. I had forgotten the great lyrics of The Goldfarb Revolations and Twos Company and Dale Soules powerful West End Avenue. Thanks to this great CD they live again.If only the show could be done today. Now that would be truly magical!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Early Stephen Schwartz Magic!!! July 22, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Before Stephen Schwartz wrote lyrics for some of Disney's newer animated films he was writing for broadway. "The Magic Show" represents his third full scale work after "Godspell" and "Pippin". The score, like "The Magic Show" itself reflects the flower power of the early seventies, with a great deal of the profound Schwartz lyrics and complex arrangments that have made him the composer he is in the nineties. The harmonies of "The Goldfarb Variations" are simply amazing. The celebration of the art of magic comes through clearly in "Up To His Old Tricks." Listen to the timing changes and powerful lyric of the broken dream ballad "West End Avenue". I would have rated this album even higher if they included more of the instrumental music that was part of the broadway experience. Also keep an ear open for a young Paul Schaffer (David Letterman) on the keyboards.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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This cd includes some of the funnest music I have heard on a broadway cd in quite a while. Stephen Schwartz rocks and this cd proves it. The songs range from goofy, fun songs (Solid Silver Platform Shoes, Two's Company) to Sexy Ballads (Charmin's Lament) to surprisingly emotional songs (Lion Tamer, West End Avenue.)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is some of the BEST music I've ever heard! August 27, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I first saw The Magic Show when I was 7 years old in 1974. I've loved it ever since. It was a thrill to finally find it available on CD; something I never expected would happen. Now if the play would come back to Broadway, my life would be complete. Everyone should check this CD out, it is outstanding!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Magic in the Music October 10, 2013
Format:Audio CD
Since this was a musical showcase intended to frame the magic of hippie magician Doug Henning we may never see this show reproduced on stage. This is sad since there is such great music to be heard in this show. Dated? I think not. Certainly not dated in the way that a similar era musical like "Hair" is. This is Broadway musical music that outshines many musicals that have come to the stage since "The Magic Show" appeared.

The lyrics are clever and fun and the music is exceptional. Sure, the performances are stage musical stuff, but such entertainment it is. And as far as music goes the songs are very enjoyable to listen to.

There are memories to be had here for some of us and new smiles for others. If you are a fan of Broadway musicals you will undoubtedly have an appreciation for this album. If you don't like musicals, you might listen to this album and not even realize you're listening to a musical cast recording soundtrack. The music and performances are that good.

This soundtrack is magically stupendous! If there's not a current CD release of "The Magic Show" it's a travesty. This album is one that needs to be preserved and heard by future generations. Maybe someday we'll even see a Broadway revival. That would be pure magic!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I'm biased. I played on this album. December 12, 2008
By Chopper
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The Magic Show was Steven Schwartz's return to a rock band format after Pippin. He mostly hand-picked the musicians from his various Godspell bands, including Paul Shaffer who was the musical director for the Toronto company of Godspell. I came from the NYC company.

This show has some of Schwartz's best compositions, like West End Avenue and Lion Tamer. While it all sounds a bit dated now (a bit??) there's no arguing that Steven is a brilliant composer and lyricist. I always thought the show's musical book never got the praise it deserved.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars What a trip!
Ordered The Magic Show and was so totally pleased. Absolute 80s but what a riot! Sad to know at least two of the stars have died...but how well they will be remembered. Read more
Published on July 12, 2011 by Flashbacks
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Magical enough
Dissappointing primarily because I had rememebered more. Age has caught up with the production and the excitement just wasn't there.
Published on September 9, 2007 by Joe Flynn
4.0 out of 5 stars Some Memorable Songs
I bought the CD two months ago and it is nearly always in my CD player. There are some really great songs on this, such as Style, The Goldfarb Variations, Up To His Old Tricks that... Read more
Published on June 12, 2005 by Ms. Jenna Gray
4.0 out of 5 stars You Gotta Have Style
Stephen Schwartz's third major musical about a local magic man staring the late Doug Henning. It is a really fun show, not as good or as big a hit as Godspell and Pippin, but it... Read more
Published on January 19, 2005 by Alex
4.0 out of 5 stars Bilvis.Homestead.com
I just want to say that it is great to hear Anita Morris' voice again. As a big fan of this actress I was sure I had seen/heard all that there was of her career. Read more
Published on June 24, 2001 by Bilvis
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good
Althought this is a great recording, it doesn't exactly live up to Schwartz classics like Pippin or Godspell. Like many, it takes a few listenings for it to grow on you. Read more
Published on December 28, 2000 by "peep1028"
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