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"Sinjin" Terrell
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Although Show Boat (1927), Oklahoma! (1943), Carousel (1945), and South Pacific (1949) had forever changed the style of the Broadway show, the Music Circus' first season offered mostly an older style musical, the operetta. Only Up in Central Park (1945), about political corruption in New York, with music by Sigmund Romberg, lyrics by Dorothy Fields, and book by Herbert & Dorothy Fields hinted at the new direction the American Musical had taken. Even so, Sigmund Romberg was the prince of the operetta, having written music for over 5 successful ones, including Desert Song. Up in Central Park was his last successfull show.

1949 Season Souvenir Program

"The Merry Widow"

"The Chocolate Soldier"

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"Naughty Marietta"


"The Vagabond King"
July 3 thru July 8, 1949

Arthur Maxwell (François Villon)
Jan Nelson (Katherine de Vaucelles)

View the Playbill Cover for this show. View the Playbill Cover. Courtesy: Dennis Hagerman

View the Playbill Cover for this show. View the Playbill Page 7. Courtesy: Dennis Hagerman

Read a synopsis of "The Vagabond King"

"Bitter Sweet"

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"Rose Marie"


"Up in Central Park"

"The Desert Song"

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