I always liked Henning's magic performances, met him once at MIU and got his 
autograph on one of his posters for my mother who just adored him. Ran across 
this old article about him and couldn't help but note the lack of age of 
Enlightenment fulfillment it speaks of for him - lonely, sad, divorces - not 
exactly an ideal society life seems to me. Just another pointer to what a fraud 
TM is:

After Falling Under the Spell of Wife Debby, Doug Hennin...
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After reading the article I looked up any reference to his Merlin musical and 
here is what I read:

The show was not a critical or financial success and is remembered today
 chiefly because of the number of "preview" performances it played: 
while most shows play a month or so prior to inviting critics and having
 an official opening, Merlin had 69, never inviting the critics and 
postponing the opening three times, despite charging full ticket prices.

During the musical's troubled tryouts, the original director (Frank 
Dunlop) was replaced by Co-Producer Reitman and choreographer Billy 
Wilson was added. The tune for the song "Put a Little Magic in Your 
Life" had previously supported a different lyric: "These Are Not the 
Merriest of Days".

When the show went into previews, there were many technical problems, and
the opening date was cancelled three times. The New York critics decided
enough was enough, and went to review it before it's official opening
date. They universally hated it. Henning couldn't act or sing.
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