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Barnum! (1986)

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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 ... See full summary »

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Eileen Battye ...
Charity 'Chairy' Barnum
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Ringmaster
Christina Collier ...
Sharon Benson ...
Paul Miller ...
Peter Barbour
Sue Barbour
Michael Cantwell
Perry Davey
James Francis Johnston
Graham Fawcett
Richard Gauntlett
Alan Heap
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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 »

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P.T. Barnum: 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]
P.T. Barnum: Mr. Bailey, you got yourself a partner!
Ringmaster: To the biggest show in the country!
P.T. Barnum: To the greatest show on earth!
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Recorded at Air Studios London on June 21st and 22nd, 1981.
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A great musical... one of Michael's best!!
28 October 1999 | by (Brockport, New York) – See all my reviews

Barnum is an amazing circus musical that stars one of Musical Theatre's finest... Michael Crawford!! This life story of Barnum is filled with beautiful songs and great acting. It was filmed right on the London Stage, so it is almost as if you are there. :o) Next to Phantom of the Opera, I would have to say that this is one of Michael's greatest performances (much better than Jim Dale's Barnum)! Some of my favorite songs include: Color's of My Life, I Like Your Style, Museum Song, Out There, The Prince of Humbug, Join the Circus, Thank God I'm Old, etc.


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