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Do you know any little known facts or trivia about the Lambertville Music Circus?
If so, let me know, and I will post them here. Below are a few I found on the Internet.
"After the Ball"
"After the Ball", Noel Coward's little-known musicalization of Oscar Wilde's "Lady Windermere's Fan, ran a not-so-impressive four months in London. Aside from eight performances opening August 23, 1955 in a summer-stock stint at the Lambertville Music Circus in New Jersey (Directed by Bertram Yarborough), the musical had never been staged in America until Irish Repertory Theatre In New York mounted a production of it from December 16, 2004 to January 30, 2005 to mixed reviews.
Donald Pippin, Assistant Conductor and Choral Director at the Music Circus in 1955 writes:
"I recall that Noel Coward did attend our performance of "After the Ball". I had met Noel in London and he was so very warm and friendly to me. It raised a lot of eyebrows. Coward's show was quite a difficult event for the music department. We worked from the original London manuscripts. They were a mess. I had forgotten that we ran for a week. I saw the production in NY years later. Believe me, Lambertville was better. We had energy and so excited to do the musical. Our love of the event made it enjoyable."
Source: Donald Pippin
The Galaxies IV
They won a national Battle of the Bands competition, played for two full years (1964 and 1965) at The New York World's Fair, had a special day named just for them, were profiled by author James Mitchner for The New York Times and, after their name change to Alexander Rabbit, were asked to perform at Woodstock. They were the finalists from the Trenton, New Jersey who won the honor of appearing as the rock band in the Lamberville Music Circus' production of Bye Bye Birdie.
Read a memory about the Battle of the Bands by Steve Jarrell
In the September 8, 1956 TV Guide (Elvis cover), there is a 3/4 page picture of Joyce Randolph rehearsing for the lead role in "Plain and Fancy" at St. John Terrell's Music Circus in Lambertville, NJ. This issue was reprinted two years ago and is usually easily found on ebay.