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"Song of Norway" 1958 (Edvard Greig)
"Show Boat" 1958 (Ravenal)
Larry Brooks achieved stardom in this role in the original Broadway production of "Song of Norway". He appeared on Broadway in "Silk Stockings" and had performed for 10 years in musical comedies and operattas throughout the country. He also appears in this year's production of "Show Boat" at the Music Circus as Ravenal.
"Damn Yankees" 1958 (Lola)
Born in Boston, Miss Chaney studied
under Michael Chekhov and the Blair
Cutting School of Drama in Beverly
Hills. Her first professional appearance
was in a night club revue entitled "Sadie
Thompson" in Palm Springs, and New
York first saw her in the abortive "Portofino" in 1958. One
of her favorite roles includes Sharon in
"Finian's Rainbow." She co-directed an
industrial show with Harry Walker, and
was standby for Gwen Verdon in "Redhead." Off-Broadway saw her this year
as the lead of "0 Say Can You See," and
she also has played Laura in "The Glass
Menagerie" in California. Televiewers
caught her in "Sugarfoot", "The Joseph
Cotton Show", "Father Knows Best", a
TV adaptation of "Gaslight", "Alfred
Hitchcock", "Wagon Train", and "Playhouse 90". Her movie was "My Gun
"Damn Yankees" 1958 (Mr. Applegate)
Long a favorite of the Music Circus, Mr.
Goode is a seasoned comedian of stage,
screen, operettas, summer theatres, television and industrial shows. He made his
debut with the Shuberts in "Hello Paris,"
and also appeared in "Princess Charming," "Face the Music," and "The Show
Is On." A native of Columbus, Ohio, he
attended Ohio State and was Lt. Jack
Goode in the South Pacific, also dishing
up entertainment for the troops in
Guadalcanal, New Caledonia, and Vella
Lovella. A long series of musicals at the
major summer musical theatres brought
him back to Broadway in "Gypsy Lady,"
after which he was off to Hollywood to
work with Fred Astaire in such pictures
as "Top Hat," "Flying Down to Rio"
and "Swingtime," and he also staged
Shirley Temple's dances in "Poor Little
Rich Girl." One of the first comedians to
appear in the musical arena theatres, he
has worked not only here but with Cohasset, Hyannis, Warwick, Framingham,
and Oakdale, starring in some sixty different roles, notably "Bells Are Ringing",
"The Wizard of Oz", "Show Boat",
"Naughty Marietta", "Guys and Dolls",
"Babes in Toyland", "Good News", and
"Louisiana Purchase". Broadway saw
him again when he took over the role
of Hines in "The Pajama Game" and
when it closed he repeated the role on a
six-month South African tour. Also on
Broadway he played Dr. Moon in "Anything Goes", Mr. Applegate in "Damn
Yankees", and Benny in "Desert Song"
and was recently in the revival of "Oh
Kay". Mr. Goode is the winner of the
Ohio State Amateur Golf title and shares
the course record for the Scioto Country Club with Sam Snead. On his farm
near Frenchtown, NJ, he collects antiques,
with emphasis on antique firearms.
Other Broadway credits include:
Hello, Dolly! (Horace Vandergelder) Jan 16, 1964 - Dec 27, 1970
Sally (Otis Hooper) May 6, 1948 - Jun 5, 1948
The Show is On ("Long as You've Got Your Health" Dancer) Sep 18, 1937 - Oct 2, 1937
"The Most Happy Fella" 1958 (Joe)
Jack Irwin understudied the role of Joe in the Broadway production of "the Most Happy Fella" and played the part for 46 performances. He was a winner of the Arthur Godfrey Talent Scouts TV show in 1954 and has been a radio announcer and disc jockey. He made his Broadway debut in "Plain and Fancy".
"Song of Norway" 1958 (Nina Hagerup)
"The Music Man" 1962 (Marian Paroo)
Sybil Lamb made her professional debut in "Lend an Ear" and was in "Wish You Were Here" on Broadway. In stock she has brightened stages in "Carousel", "New Moon", "Wonderful Town", "Oklahoma!", "Call Me Madam", and "South Pacific".
"Show Boat" 1958 (Magnolia)
Gail Manners has sung top roles with the New York City Center and the NBC-TV Opera companies, and she has given concerts with the New York Philharmonic and Philadelphia Orchestras. She has played leading roles in "Carousel", "The Desert Song", and "Oklahoma!" in major cities across the country.
"The Most Happy Fella" 1958 (Rosabella)
Ginny Perlowin set some kind of record, having opened in four Broadway shows in just two years—"Mr. Wonderful", "Happy Hunting", "New Girl in Town", and "Rumple". In addition to servaral years of study at the Juilliard School of Music as a voice and opera major, she also has a graduate degree in nursing. After a classic experience with a touring opera company which left her broke and stranded in the wild west, she became a nursing supervisor. Two weeks later she gave this up to return to the footlights and was cast in her first Broadway show.
"The Most Happy Fella" 1958 (Tony)
Richard Wentworth was a leading bass-baritone and basso-buffo with the New York City Opera Company from 1946 to 1959. In 1939 he joined the San Carlo Opera Company in New York and developed an extensive repertoire which included some 89 roles. Mr. Wentworth's talents have been showcased in two Broadway musicals and he has made numerous guest appearances with American and Canadian opera compaines.
Sandi Gallant has written to us:
I have to thank you for your website on the Lambertville Music Circus. One of the performers
was a dear friend of our family, Richard Wentworth, Uncle Dick to me. When he was not touring with a
company and after he retired, he lived in Lake Mary, FL with his wife Caroline. My father was his
accompanist throughout those years, and I was his most ardent critic, he loved me so and sang all
the songs to me as if I was on stage too! Of course I grew up with him in our home, by our piano,
turning the pages of music as my father played and listened to him sing. Recently I was listening to
some old tapes of my dads with him and Uncle Dick rehearsing for a local performance and it brought
back so many memories. So today I went to the net and looked up Uncle Dick, not expecting to find a
thing, and there was your site! Thank you so much, I miss him and dad so much, but most of all I
miss the music.