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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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The amazing biography of legendary circus impresario and unparalleled showman, P.T. Barnum.

Director: Lee Philips
Stars: Burt Lancaster, Hanna Schygulla, John Roney
Drama | Musical

The story of American showman P.T. Barnum, founder of the circus that became the famous traveling Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.

Director: Michael Gracey
Stars: Hugh Jackman
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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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Overture
Performed on two pianos by David Ellis and George Raitee
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Brilliant Musical...Shoddy DVD Packaging
19 April 2001 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This is one of Cy Coleman's best musicals in a stunning production. The only drawback is the shoddy DVD packaging which has no information about the cast, the songs, the production, nothing. But the DVD is a must-have for musical fans. Michael Crawford is superb as Barnum, the cast is his equal and the staging is magnificent.


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