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EFX was originally created by Gary Goddard and Tony Christopher, with additional material and dialogue provided by Michael Crawford and Bruce Vilanch respectively. The show was directed by Scott Feris and Anthony van Laast, who also provided the choreography, and Theoni V. Aldredge provided the costumes.
The original music was composed by Don Grady, Ted King, Gary Goddard, Andy Belling, BA Robertson, and Michael Crawford, and featured lyrics by Doug Brayfield, Ted King, Gary Goddard, Andy Belling, Marty Panzer, and BA Robertson. Composer John Berry's theme from the film Somewhere in Time was also used as pre-show music during the show's original 1995 run. Berry, who had worked with Michael Crawford before on previous projects such as the West End musical Billy and a British movie version of Alice in Wonderland, gave Crawford permission to add the first-ever vocals to the Somewhere in Time theme. Lyrics were provided by BA Robertson.
Due to the intensity of the stunts and the extreme physical demand required to perform the show, Michael Crawford sustained many serious physical injuries during his run in EFX, during both rehearsals and performances. Crawford, famous for his penchant to perform his own stunts, refused to use a stunt double (except for the end of the H.G. Wells act, in which a double was necessary due to a costume change). Many times, especially during early runs of EFX, Crawford took tumbles from scenery and zip-lines. Scenery would often fly out from under him (most notably the flying saucer) and either send him crashing to the stage or leave him dangling from a safety harness up to twelve feet in the air. One rehearsal of the Merlin act even resulted in his costume catching on fire, with half of it reportedly burned away before the flames could be extinguished. Crawford often took pain killers in order to perform every night, and some of the more demanding scenes were rewritten to accommodate performing around his injuries. In the end, a fall from a zip-line during the Barnum act required hospitalization and an early hip replacement, causing Crawford to leave the show permanently in 1996.