Barnum the musical traces Phineas Taylor Barnum's career from 1835 to 1881 when he joined James A. Bailey to form the circus which was called The Greatest Show on Earth. Barnum is a defender of "the noble art of humbug" with a philosophy, and has a free wheeling ambition to make a fortune. He buys the oldest woman in the world, named Joyce Heath, as a sideshow attraction. Barnum builds a museum of curiosities supported by his wife Charity, who would like him to settle down. Written by
Jenny Evans <J.Evans@uts.edu.au>
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This filmed production is based on the London cast of "Barnum" and starred Michael Crawford
. The original Broadway production opened at the St. James Theater in New York on April 30, 1980, ran for 854 performances and was nominated for the 1980 Tony Award (New York City) for the Best Musical. See more
All right damn it. Why don't we just leave it to the fates. Heads it's yes, tails it's no.
[flips his coin
Mr. Bailey, you got yourself a partner!
To the biggest show in the country!
To the greatest show on earth!
Performed on two pianos by David Ellis and George Raitee See more