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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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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Jim Dale won the 1980 Tony Award (New York City) for Actor in a Musical for "Barnum" in the title role. 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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I like Your Style
Performed by Michael Crawford and Deborah Grant
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..this musical is almost electric...
13 August 1999 | by (Stanford, CA) – See all my reviews

...I think it was made for British television...and it is a live performance...and it actually captures that... and it is a show full of fun and engaging performances. It is one of those shows that you enjoy and then enjoy more each time you see it.


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