Merlin was Doug Henning's second Broadway show which ran at the Mark Hellenger Theartre in New York from December 10, 1982 to August 7, 1983.
Starring Doug, Debbie and Chita Rivera, as well as young actors Nathan Lane and Christian Slater, the lavish show received five Tony nominations, including Best Musical. The show also broke a Broadway record for setting the one-week box office record at the Mark Hellinger Theatre, earning $421,000.
Merlin tried to bring order to the troubled land of ancient Britain by providing a king from the Uther Pendragon line of royalty. By enchanting Igraine to see Uther as her husband, Arthur was engendered. Later, Uther married Igraine, before Arthur was born. Uther, however, was not to have a son to enjoy, for he had agreed with Merlin to do anything to have a liaison with Igraine for one night. Merlin's price was the son born of the liaison.
As an archetype of mythology, Merlin developed from Trickster, to Magician, to Oracle, to Sage (the four levels of development discussed in Jeff McBride's Magic and Mystery School.