Documents the first Theater-in-the-Round located under a tent, St. John Terrell's Music Circus in Lambertville, New Jersey. The venue thrived from 1949-1970 presenting musical comedies, jazz greats and rock-and-roll acts.
From 1949 until 1970, St. John Terrell's Music Circus in Lambertville, NJ presented B'way musical comedies and the top jazz, folk and rock-n-roll artists of the time period. "Sinjin", as Mr. Terrell called himself, was the first to create a theater-in-the-round housed under a huge circus tent. The first decade or so was devoted to B'way musicals, and many stars began their careers at the Music Circus, including Bernadette Peters, Dom DeLuise, Shirley MacLaine and Robert Goulet. Once the tent moved to a larger location about a mile away, artists such as Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, The Four Seasons, the Supremes, The Lovin' Spoonful and Liberace gradually replaced the legit shows. This documentary tells the story of the venue through interviews with people from both sides of the curtain, including set designers, musical directors, stage managers and performers such as Olympic skater Dick Button and Vince Martell from "The Vanilla Fudge".Written by
Gary P. Cohen
This was a very interesting documentary on the Lambertville Music Circus. As a kid I remember going to this wonderful theater in the round under a tent but never knew the story about its beginning. I found out so many interesting facts on the start of the Music Circus and its founder St. John Terrell. I also never knew, until watching this video, the extent of the talent that performed at the Music Circus. So many big names! For anyone growing up in Lambertville during the time of the Music Circus this is a must see. It will bring back wonderful memories and I do believe that St. John Terrell's Music Circus put my sleepy little town on the map! Thank you.
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