We are thrilled to share a project that we have been working on with author and historian J. Dennis Robinson and filmmaker Jay Childs (Food Fight: Inside the Battle for Market Basket), who together produced eight short video chapters of The Music Hall’s history. These are perfect companions to the definitive history book authored by Robinson, Music Hall: How a City Built a Theater and a Theater Shaped a City.
The video series weaves together the history of Portsmouth, the musical roots in the community, past performers on our stage, and prominent local figures.
Chapter 1: Make a Joyful Noise
Chapter 2: Lewd Amusements in Town
Chapter 3: Those Lively Lyceum Lectures
Chapter 4: Opening Night 1878
Chapter 5: Thank Frank Jones
Chapter 6: Cinema Meets Vaudeville
Chapter 7: Hard Times, Close Calls
Chapter 8: 21st Century Reboot