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.
Jenny Evans <J.Evans@uts.edu.au>
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won the 1980 Tony Award (New York City) for Actor in a Musical for "Barnum" in the title role. 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!
The BBC original had an extra scene after the first number about a mermaid which is cut from the american dvd See more
There is a Sucker Born Ev'ry Minute
Performed by Michael Crawford See more