Every summer for 22 years – from 1954 through 1976 – Musicarnival gave enormous pleasure to Cleveland’s musical theater lovers. John L. Price Jr.’s famous tent theater-in-the-round produced six to eight musicals each season at a time when summer stock was widely popular. And with the help of The Musical Theater Project, the excitement of his shows will be savored once again.
Price originally recorded nearly all of the Musicarnival productions on seven-inch audio tapes. His late brother, Lt. Col. Robert “Jim” Price of Redlands, California, made the contribution that is enabling hundreds of these analog recordings to be digitally restored and annotated under TMTP’s supervision.
The extraordinary audio archive will be made available over the next four years to listeners at Cleveland Public Library as a part of The John L. Price, Jr. Musicarnival Archives and Goodspeed Musicals’ Scherer Library of Musical Theatre in East Haddam, Connecticut. Goodspeed is the national theater that celebrates the rich history of the art form.
Join us at a March 23 reception at 2:00PM in the Louis Stokes Wing Auditorium as we celebrate the premiere of the Lt. Col. Robert “Jim” Price Musicarnival Audio Archives. No reservation necessary.
Submit your favorite Musicarnival memories in the comments section below…they may just appear in a future issue of our quarterly newsletter, Overture! You can also send correspondence to 11820 Edgewater Dr, Ste 512, Lakewood OH 44107 or e-mail info@MusicalTheaterProject.org. Thank you!