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Barnum

Barnum

by Cy Coleman, Michael Stewart and Mark Bramble

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Barnum

Barnum




A musical based on the life of showman P. T. Barnum.


Story:

PT Barnum is in the circus business despite his wife's wishes, working with talents such as the oldest woman alive, Joice Heth, the tiny Tom Thumb and the famous Swedish opera singer, Jenny Lind, with whom he falls in love. In the end, he returns to his wife and joins with another circus owner, James Anthony Bailey, to form the Barnum and Bailey circus.


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Composer

Composer
Cy Coleman

Lyricist

Lyricist
Michael Stewart

Librettist

Librettist
Mark Bramble



  • Premiere
  • 1986 TV

Broadway Premiere

Theatre
St. James Theatre
Opening Night
April 30, 1980
Total Performances
854
Original Cast
Jim Dale, Glenn Close, William C. Witter, Terrence V. Mann, Terri White, Kelly Walters, Catherine Carr, Barbara Nadel, Sophie Schwab, Edward T. Jacobs
Director
Joe Layton
Choreographer
Joe Layton
Producer
Judy Gordon, Cy Coleman, Maurice Rosenfield and Lois F. Rosenfield
Musical Director
Peter Howard
Orchestrations
Hershy Kay
Scenic Design
David Mitchell
Costume Design
Theoni V. Aldredge
Lighting Design
Craig Miller
Sound Design
Otts Munderloh

1986 TV Version

Movie Name
Barnum
Type
Filmed Live on Stage
Director
Peter Coe and Terry Hughes
Starring
Michael Crawford, Eileen Battye, Michael Heath, Christina Collier, Sharon Benson, Paul Miller





CDs

CD
Original Broadway Cast Album


Sheetmusic

Sheetmusic
Vocal Selections


Videos

DVD
London Production DVD


Other

Merchandise




1980 Tony Award Nominations

Best Actor in a Musical - Jim Dale
Best Scenic Design
Best Costume Design
Best Musical
Best Book of a Musical
Best Original Score
Best Featured Actress in a Musical - Glenn Close
Best Lighting Design
Best Choreography
Best Direction of a Musical

1980 Drama Desk Award Nominations

Outstanding Actor in a Musical - Jim Dale
Outstanding Musical
Outstanding Choreography
Outstanding Director of a Musical
Outstanding Music
Outstanding Set Design

1980 Theatre World Award Nominations

Marianne Tatum

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