Overview


Synopsis

Welcome to the Greatest Show on Earth, the world of Phineas Taylor Barnum, full of spectacle and humbug. Sometimes with her support, and sometimes against her objections, P.T. Barnum works with his wife Chairy to create unbelievable attractions in a variety of ways, from the American Museum in New York City to a national tour featuring Jenny Lind, the Swedish Nightingale. Along the way, Barnum meets Joice Heth (the oldest woman alive) and Tom Thumb (the smallest man in the world). He dabbles in politics and begins a lecture tour, culminating in his founding of the Greatest Show on Earth with partner James Bailey. Nominated for 10 Tony Awards (and winning three), _Barnum _is a joyful ride of humbug and laughter for audiences of all ages.


Characters

Male

Lead

Tenor, Baritone

Female

Supporting

Mezzo-Soprano, Alto

Female

Supporting

Mezzo-Soprano



Show Information

Music
Category
Number of Acts
2 Acts
First Produced
1980
Settings
Period, Multiple Settings, Spectacle
Time & Place
Bridgeport, Connecticut, New York City, United States, 1870s, 1880s
Cast Size
Orchestra Size
Large
Dancing
Heavy
Ideal For
College/University, Community Theatre, Diverse Cast, Ensemble Cast, Large Cast, Professional Theatre, Regional Theatre, Star Vehicle Male, Theatre
Casting Notes
Mostly male cast
Includes adult, elderly, mature adult, late teen, young adult, child, early teen characters

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