Barnum

2013-2014 SEASON

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Barnum (2014)

Winner of a Drama Desk and three Tony Awards, BARNUM sparkles with a cast of singers, actors, jugglers and clowns.  Barnum ran two years on Broadway in the early 80's with music by Cy Coleman (Sweet Charity, City of Angels & Will Rogers Follies) Lyrics by Michael Stewart (Bye, Bye Birdie, Carnival & Hello Dolly!) and book by Mark Bramble (42nd Street). The show traces the life of the legendary huckster Phineas Taylor Barnum from the purchase of his first sideshow act through his partnership with James A. Bailey and his marriage to Chairy reveals a couple who looked at the world from opposite sides of the spectrum, revealing that she was the practical one who made Barnum's dreams come true.

The score is a pastiche of toe-tapping marches, ballads, ragtime and Dixieland tunes with several circus-infused show stopping numbers designed to thrill audiences.  The worlds of musical theatre and circus are blended into a vibrant and entertaining musical celebrating the colorful, creative and driven life of the World's Greatest Showman, Phineas "P.T." Barnum.

The Director, Jeffrey Fiorello explained, "Barnum is a big show which is known for spectacle and large production numbers, but it is also a show with a lot of heart.  With this production we want to show the sincerity and love between Barnum and his Wife Chairy, and be certain that it is not lost behind the circus.  There are two major stories being told, and each is just as important as the other."

The Cast

Role Actor
Phineas T. Barnum Christopher Harrison Parkhurst Abbott
Chairy Barnum Kathleen Campbell Jackson
Joice Heath Jen Hanselman
Tom Thumb Ray Guy
Julius Goldshmidt Joe Guadara
Ringmaster Michael Healy
Chester Lyman Anthony Bruno
Amos Scudder Alan Van Antwerp
Sherwood Stratton Joe Leo
Mrs. Stratton Raven Dunbar
Wilton Will Carey
Edgar Templeton Anthony Bruno
Humphrey Morrissey Jo Rosa Rio
Ensemble Jessica Phelan
Ensemble Michal Efron
Ensemble Gira Marie Derise-Weaver
Ensemble Samantha Kaplan

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Production Team

Production Role
Producer Robert Lukasik
Director Jeffrey Fiorello
Musical Director Jack Bender
Choreographer Megan Ferentinos
Production Coordinator Steffi Denmark
Production Coordinator Leslie Gayle Williams
Stage Manager Pamela Wilczynski
Set Design Robert Lukasik
Scenic Artist Andrea Sickler
Costume Design Fran Harrison
Lighting Design Richard Hennessy
Sound Design Joe DeVico
Props and Set Decoration Letitia Lum
Makeup/Wigs Raven Dunbar
Makeup/Wigs Jessica Phelan

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