The Story
Barnum
Music
CY COLEMAN

Lyrics
MICHAEL STEWART

Book
MARK BRAMBLE
The musical is based on the life of showman P. T. Barnum, covering the period from 1835 through 1880 in America and major cities of the world where Barnum took his performing companies. The production combines elements of traditional musical theater with the spectacle of the circus. The characters include jugglers, trapeze artists and clowns, as well as such real-life personalities as Jenny Lind and General Tom Thumb.

PHOTOS
1980 Original Broadway Production
2013 Chichester Festival
Artworks/ Posters

VIDEOS
Performance highlights from the 2013 Chichester Festival production with Christopher Fitzgerald.

MUSIC
One Brick At A Time
Glenn Close, Jim Dale & Cast
Original Broadway Cast Recording

THE STORY

SYNOPSIS

In the middle of the 19th century, Phineas Taylor (PT) Barnum introduces his circus acts as he stands in front of a tent, proclaiming "There Is a Sucker Born Ev'ry Minute". He then introduces the oldest woman alive, Joice Heth ("Thank God I'm Old"). His wife Charity ("Chairy") urges him to get a job in a factory, but Barnum refuses ("The Colors of My Life").

He enlists clowns to help in building a museum to house his circus collection ("One Brick at a Time"). His star attraction, Tom Thumb, appears to advise that "Bigger Isn't Better".

However, when the famous Swedish opera singer Jenny Lind is hired, Barnum becomes enamoured of her ("Love Makes Such Fools of Us All"). He accompanies Jenny on tour, leaving Charity behind, as a marching band greets them ("Come Follow the Band").

Barnum finally returns home to Charity, and promises to live in "Black and White." As he presents his circus acts around the world, Barnum resists joining with another circus owner, James Anthony Bailey. Finally, after his beloved wife Charity dies, he relents and joins Bailey, and they form the famous circus Barnum and Bailey.

LIBRETTO

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CAST & CREATIVES
Creative
Producer CAMERON MACKINTOSH, CHICHESTER FESTIVAL THEATRE
Direction TIMOTHY SHEADER
Co-Director & Choreographer LIAM STEEL
Co-Choreographer ANDREW WRIGHT
Orchestrations WILLIAM DAVID BROHN
Musical Director ADAM ROWE
Scenic Design SCOTT PASK
Costume Design PAUL WILLS
Lighting Design PAULE CONSTABLE
Sound Design MICK POTTER
Cast
P.T. Barnum CHRISTOPHER FITZGERALD
Chairy Barnum TAMSIN CARROLL
Joice Heath ARETHA AYEH
Jenny Lind ANNA O'BYRNE
Tom Thumb JACK NORTH
Creative
Not available
Cast
P.T. Barnum MICHAEL CRAWFORD
Charity Barnum DEBORAH GRANT
Jenny Lind SARAH PAYNE
Creative
Producer JUDY GORDON, CY COLEMAN, MAURICE ROSENFIELD, LOIS F. ROSENFIELD
Direction JOE LAYTON
Choreography JOE LAYTON
Orchestrations HERSHY KAY
Musical Director PETER HOWARD
Scenic Design DAVID MITCHELL
Costume Design THEONI V. ALDREDGE
Lighting Design CRAIG MILLER
Sound Design OTTS MUNDERLOH
Cast
P.T. Barnum JIM DALE
Charity Barnum GLENN CLOSE
Jenny Lind MARIANNE TATUM
MUSICAL NUMBERS
ACT ONE

There's a Sucker Born Ev'ry MinutePhineas Taylor Barnum
Thank God I'm OldJoice Heth and Tambourine Players
The Colors of My LifePhineas Taylor Barnum andCharity Barnum
One Brick at a TimeCharity Barnum, Phineas Taylor Barnum and Bricklayers
Museum SongPhineas Taylor Barnum
I Like Your StylePhineas Taylor Barnum and Charity Barnum
Bigger Isn't BetterTom Thumb
Love Makes Such Fools of Us AllJenny Lind
Out TherePhineas Taylor Barnum


ACT TWO

Come Follow the BandPotomac Marching Band and Washingtonians
Black and WhiteChairy Barnum, Choir, Blues Singer, Phineas Taylor Barnum and Citizens of Bridgeprot
The Colors of My Life (Reprise)Phineas Taylor Barnum and Charity Barnum
The Prince of HumbugPhineas Taylor Barnum
Join the CircusJames A. Bailey, Circus Performers and Phineas Taylor Barnum

Slut
The Drowsy Chaperone
Chess
SIGHTS & SOUNDS

1980 Original Broadway Production
2013 Chichester Festival
Artworks/ Posters

Performance highlights from the 2013 Chichester Festival production with Christopher Fitzgerald.
Jim Dale and the original Broadway company in a performance of "There is a Sucker Born Every Minute" at the Tony Awards.

One Brick At A Time Glenn Close, Jim Dale & Cast Original Broadway Cast Recording
Marjorie Marjorie
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