Creative Talent Behind "The Magic Show" LIVE!
Stephen Schwartz was born in New York City on March 6, 1948. He studied piano and composition at the Juilliard School of Music while in high school and graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in 1968 with a B.F.A. in Drama. Upon coming back to live in New York City, he went to work as an A&R producer for RCA Records, but shortly thereafter began to work in the Broadway theatre. His first major credit was the title song for the play BUTTERFLIES ARE FREE; the song was eventually used in the movie version as well.
In 1971, he wrote the music and new lyrics for GODSPELL, for which he won two Grammys among other awards. This was followed by the English texts, in collaboration with Leonard Bernstein, for Bernstein’s MASS, which opened the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. The following year, he wrote the music and lyrics for PIPPIN, and two years later, THE MAGIC SHOW. At one point, GODSPELL, PIPPIN and THE MAGIC SHOW were all running on Broadway simultaneously.
He next wrote the music and lyrics for THE BAKER’S WIFE, followed by a musical version of Studs Terkel’s WORKING, to which he contributed four songs and which he also adapted and directed, winning a Drama Desk Award as best director. He also co-directed the television production, which was presented as part of the PBS “American Playhouse” series.
Other work for the musical theatre includes lyrics to RAGS (music by Charles Strouse), music and lyrics for CHILDREN OF EDEN, and two musicals produced overseas, MIT EVENTYR (MY FAIRY TALE) in Denmark and SCHIKANEDER in Austria. He has also written songs for two musicals for young audiences, CAPTAIN LOUIE and MY SON, PINOCCHIO. Compilation revues of his work include SNAPSHOTS and, for Princess Cruise Lines, MAGIC TO DO.
For film, he collaborated with composer Alan Menken on the songs for Disney’s POCAHONTAS, for which he received two Academy Awards and another Grammy, THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME, and ENCHANTED. He also provided songs for DreamWorks’ first animated feature, THE PRINCE OF EGYPT, for which he won another Academy Award for the song “When You Believe.” THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME and THE PRINCE OF EGYPT have both been adapted for the stage.
Mr. Schwartz’s most recent stage musical, WICKED, opened in the fall of 2003 and is currently running on Broadway and in several other productions around the world. He received another Grammy for the cast recording, and in 2008, WICKED reached its 1900th performance on Broadway, making Mr. Schwartz the only songwriter in Broadway history ever to have three shows run more than 1900 performances.
Mr. Schwartz has been awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame. In 2015, he received the Isabelle Stevenson Tony Award for his humanitarian and mentorship contributions to the theatre. A book about his career, “Defying Gravity,” has been released by Applause Books.
Under the auspices of the ASCAP Foundation, he has been the artistic director of musical theatre workshops in New York and Los Angeles for over twenty years, as well as conducting workshops for aspiring musical theatre writers and performers in countries around the world, including Australia, Germany, Latvia and Kenya. He is also a past President and current Council Member of the Dramatists’ Guild.
Shin Lim, is a Canadian-American magician, recognized for his use of card manipulation and sleight of hand. He is known for elaborate close-up card magic routines, during which he remains silent with the tricks set to music. He is self-taught, having learned most of his skills from watching YouTube, on which he has since shared some of his techniques.
Originally educated to be a pianist, Lim took up magic as his career after being diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome. Lim was discovered around 2012, began to tour internationally, and subsequently won the 2015 Fédération Internationale des Sociétés Magiques in Close-up Card Magic. His appearances on Penn & Teller: Fool Us and his wins on America's Got Talent during its 13th season in 2018 and on America's Got Talent: The Champions led to more international fame.
Shin Lim currently headlines a hit show since 2019 at the MIRAGE HOTEL, Las Vegas, in a 1,300 seat theater where he plays to sold out audiences.
Jason Alexander, is an American actor, comedian, film director, and television presenter. And also, a part-time amateur Magician. An Emmy and Tony winner, he is best known for his role as George Costanza in the television series "Seinfeld "(1989–1998), for which he was nominated for seven consecutive Primetime Emmy Awards and four Golden Globe Awards. His other well-known roles include Phillip Stuckey in the film "Pretty Woman" (1990), comic relief gargoyle Hugo in the Disney animated feature The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996), and the title character in the animated series "Duckman" (1994–1997). He has also made guest appearances on shows such as "Dream On" (1994), "Curb Your Enthusiasm" (2001, 2009), and "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel "(2019). For his role in "Dream On", he was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series. He won the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Original Song in 2020 for "The Bad Guys?" On Brainwashed By Toons. And in 2006, he was awarded "The Academy of Magical Arts Parlor Magician of the Year" from the prestigious Magic Castle in Hollywood, California.
Jason has appeared in several Broadway musicals, including "Jerome Robbins' Broadway" in 1989, for which he won the Tony Award as Best Leading Actor in a Musical. He appeared in the Los Angeles production of "The Producers". He was the artistic director of "Reprise! Broadway's Best in Los Angeles", where he has directed several musicals.
Richard Halpern, Producer
"The Magic Show" Producer Richard Halpern is an award-winning director and producer, working in the film business since 1990. Richard also wrote and produced "Under the Bed" for Leonardo DiCaprio's Appian Way & Radar Pictures (Riddick/Spring Breakers), produced the feature film "Amnesiac" starring Kate Bosworth and Wes Bentley, the feature-film "All Shook Up" starring Sarah Chalke (Scrubs/Roseanne), Executive Produced the Television Series "The Strand", starring Katherine Helmond (Soap, Brazil) and featuring Kevin Smith (Clerks), the feature film "The Objective", directed by Daniel Myrick (The Blair Witch Project), produced/directed the feature-film, "Dunkleman", Starring Brian Dunkleman, "Suburban Nightmare" and "Zzyzx", starring Kenny Johnson (The Shield), produced and directed the feature-film W.M.D. for Indican Pictures (Boondock Saints) and produced "Bigfoot County" for Lionsgate Entertainment.
In 1991, Richard created the first international film festival in Orlando, Florida, with an opening night party at Walt Disney World. In 1999, Richard created the one of the first breakthrough commerce websites in the world, pullmyfinger.com, featuring th Pull My Finger CD, that sold several hundred thousand copies world-wide and appeared on hundreds of media programs such as "The Tonight Show", "The Howard Stern Show", "USA Today", "Maxim Magazine", "The Donny and Marie Show" and "The View".