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About the Show

A musical based on the life of showman P. T. Barnum.

Story: PT Barnum is in the circus business despite his wife's wishes, working with talents such as the oldest woman alive, Joice Heth, the tiny Tom Thumb and the famous Swedish opera singer, Jenny Lind, with whom he falls in love. In the end, he returns to his wife and joins with another circus owner, James Anthony Bailey, to form the Barnum and Bailey circus.

Cast and Creative Team

Composer: Cy Coleman
Lyricist: Michael Stewart
Librettist: Mark Bramble

Broadway Premiere
Theatre: St. James Theatre
Opening Night: April 30, 1980
Total Performances: 854
Original Cast: Jim Dale, Glenn Close, William C. Witter, Terrence V. Mann, Terri White, Kelly Walters, Catherine Carr, Barbara Nadel, Sophie Schwab, Edward T. Jacobs
Director: Joe Layton
Choreographer: Joe Layton
Musical Director: Peter Howard
Orchestrations: Hershy Kay
Scenic Design: David Mitchell
Costume Design: Theoni V. Aldredge
Lighting Design: Craig Miller

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