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Barnum! (1986)

Not Rated | | Biography, Musical | TV Movie
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 »

Directors:

Peter Coe, Terry Hughes

Writer:

Mark Bramble (book)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Crawford ... Phineas Taylor Barnum
Eileen Battye Eileen Battye ... Charity 'Chairy' Barnum
Michael Heath ... Ringmaster
Christina Collier Christina Collier ... Jenny Lind
Sharon Benson Sharon Benson ... Joice Heth
Paul Miller Paul Miller ... Tom Thumb
Peter Barbour Peter Barbour
Sue Barbour Sue Barbour
Michael Cantwell Michael Cantwell
Perry Davey Perry Davey
James Francis Johnston James Francis Johnston
Graham Fawcett Graham Fawcett
Richard Gauntlett Richard Gauntlett
Paul Goddard
Alan Heap 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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Biography | Musical

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Trivia

Jim Dale won the 1980 Tony Award (New York City) for Actor in a Musical for "Barnum" in the title role. See more »

Quotes

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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Alternate Versions

The BBC original had an extra scene after the first number about a mermaid which is cut from the american dvd See more »

Connections

Featured in The Many Faces of...: Michael Crawford (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

There is a Sucker Born Ev'ry Minute
Performed by Michael Crawford
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User Reviews

 
I agree, this is a wonderful musical!
24 August 2008 | by anneli36See all my reviews

I have only seen Barnum on tape and DVD and I loved it from the first moment. Michael Crawford is a splendid actor, and I wish I could have seen him in London, both as P T Barnum and as The Phantom! Everyone who loves musicals must not miss this one!!! One of the best things with it are all the things Michael Crawford does as P T Barnum. Things I didn't have a clue that he could do! It was really a big surprise and an even bigger treat. The other actors are also very talented. I love it when Sharon Benson sings the song Black and White. She has a wonderful voice and charisma. I wish there would be more musicals in the the world, but even then this would be among the top three!!!


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