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Dove - Magic To Do (from ‘Pippin’) (1974)

(Stephen Schwartz)
Australia Australia
#36 Melbourne

Single on Warner Bros, B-side of Reach For The Truth.

Also on Atlantic EP Hits From 'Pippin'and on 1974 Sunrise album Magic To Do, produced mainly by Tweed Harris.

Melbourne group Dove released at least twelve singles and three albums 1973-76.

For more on Dove and lead singer Sharyn Cambridge, see The Lion Sleeps Tonight.

The Australian production of Pippin opened in Melbourne in February 1974 with pop stars Johnny Farnham and Colleen Hewett in the leading roles. In the same year came the Hits From 'Pippin' EP with four songs from the show, including Magic To Do by Dove, and the Pippin finale by Colleen Hewett.

Further reading: "Charlemagne Goes Pop": March 1974 story about the Melbourne production of Pippin in The Australian Women's Weekly [facsimile at Trove].

“Pippin”: Original Broadway Production - Magic To Do (1972)

(Stephen Schwartz)
Original version: live performance

Opening song of Broadway musical Pippin (1972) by Stephen Schwartz whose works include the musicals Godspell (1971) and Wicked (2003) as well as many other compositions and librettos for stage and screen. Pippin opened in New York on 23 October 1972.

A 1967 musical, Pippin, Pippin, with words and music by Schwartz, had no songs in common with Pippin.

Further reading: MusicalSchwartz.com: independent site dedicated to the career of Stephen Schwartz including Pippin the Musical.

Ben Vereen And The Players - Magic To Do (1972)

(Stephen Schwartz)

Track 1, Side 1 on the Original Cast Album of Pippin on Motown, led by notable actor, dancer and singer Ben Vereen (b.1946), musical director Stanley Lebowsky, orchestration by Ralph Burns. Record produced by Phil Ramone