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BARNUM

Opened April 30, 1980 at the St James Theatre, New York 

Book by MARK BRAMBLE
Lyrics by MICHAEL STEWART
Music by CY COLEMAN
A musical based on the life of P.T. Barnum - "The Greatest Showman on Earth"
Lyrics by OSCAR HAMMERSTEIN II
Music by RICHARD RODGERS

 

Plot Synopsis

"The musical offers a guided tour of the highlights of Barnum's career from 1835 to 1880, when the showman joins James A. Bailey in creating The Greatest Show on Earth. Along the way, we are treated to such legendary sucker-bait attractions as Joice Heth, George Washington's alleged 160-year-old nurse, the midget Tom Thumb, Jumbo the elephant, the Swedish Nightingale Jenny Lind, and - finally - the three ring circus. What conflict there is is supplied by the unfulfilled desire of Barnum's wife Chairy to settle down to a more prosaic life." Green, Stanley, Broadway Musicals: Show by Show, Hal Leonard Books, 1985 

 

Cast of Characters (Original Broadway Cast)

 

Phineas Taylor Barnum Jim Dale
Chairy Barnum Glenn Close
Jenny Lind Marianne Tatum
Joyce Heth Terri White
Tom Thumb Leonard John Crofoot
James A. Baily William C. Witter

Songs from the Show - Act One

There is a Sucker Born Ev'ry Minute  
Thank God I'm Old  
Women's Emporium Chase  
The Colours of My Life  
One Brick at a Time  
Museum Song  
I Like Your Style  
Bigger Isn't Better  
Clowns  
Jenny Lind - Obbligato  
Love Makes Such Fools of Us All  
Out There   

Songs from the Show - Act Two

Come Follow the Band  
Reprise: Love Makes Such Fools of Us All  
Black and White  
Reprise: The Colours of My Life  
The Prince of Humbug  
Join the Circus  
Finale  

 

1984-1985 Production

Presented March 22-30, 1985 at the High School of Commerce, Ottawa, Ontario 

Production Team

Director Nancy Turner
Musical Director Gary Morton
Choreographer Susie Bregg
Production Coordinator Gerry Reynolds
Set Designer J. Barry Ryan
Asst. toSet Designer Nancy Solman
Costume Designer Raymond Whitney
Dance Captain Karen Riopelle
Gymnastics Coach Al Greenwood
Stage Manager Terry Moran
Assistant Stage Manager Ginny Wright
Lighting Designer Mike Jotoff
Sound Technician Bill Butterworth
Makeup Artists Billi Langtry, Tanya Stearns-Quaife, Judy Cragg, Melva Scott
Hair Stylist Cher Daley, Raymond Whitney
Master Carpenter John Solman
Workshop Chairman Sid Jelly
Properties Patti Mordasewicz
Accompanists Lorna Rice, Wyn Canty, Jim Brough, John McGovern, Cathy Green
Magic Consultant Robert Gould
Juggling Consultant Jean Besnard

Cast

Phineas T. Barnum Al Baldwin
Charity Barnum Heather Tod
Ringmaster/Bailey Vern Fraser
Chester Lyman Mark Morton
Joice Heth Helen van der Pyl
Amos Scudder Barry Bielby
First Woman Jacki Campeau
Second Woman Wilma Gray
Sherwood Stratton Budd Dure
Mrs. Sherwood Stratton Pat Fraser
General Tom Thumb Michael Gareau
Julius Goldschmidt Alan Mainguy
Jenny Lind Joyce Landry
Wilton Barry Bielby
Blues Singer Cher Daley
Edgar Templeton Jim Robertson
Humbert Morrissey Al Greenwood
Understudies  
P.T. Barnum Vern Fraser
Ringmaster Jack Wallace
Bailey Michael Gareau

COMPANY

Chris Amott, Al Baldwin, Barry Bielby, Jacki Campeau, Cher Daley, Christine Drew, Budd Dure, Pat Fraser, Vern Fraser, Michael Gareau, Wilma Gray, Al Greenwood, Bonnie Hanham, Joyce Landry, Andrew Laubstein, Todd Lynn, Melodie-Anne Macdonald, Alan Mainguy, Mark Morton, Eugene Oscapella, Elaine Pollock, Karen Riopelle, Jim Robertson, John Sulley, Heather Tod, Helen van der Pyl, Jack Wallace, Dianna Renee Yorke.

CHILDREN AND FRONT OF THE HOUSE

Sid Brown, Cynthia Freeman, Aldrianne Gaffney, Robert Gould, Vivian Joynt, Lyra Magloughlin, Sara Marquardt, Heather McGuffin, Kelly Morton, Amy Pressman.

Orchestra

Under the direction of Gary Morton

Woodwinds Michael Scorah, John Hilchie, Jeff Goodspeed, Charles Hendricks, Laurie Lund
Piano Jim Brough, Lorna Rice
Tuba Nick Atkinson
Guitar/Banjo Neil Bateman
Bass Jamie Gatti
Trumpets Sid Holmes, Chris Lane
Percussion Art Beers
Trombones Drummond Hudson, Marlene Field
Drums Glen Robb