A colorful, dynamic spectacle with razzle-dazzle charm!
Traditional musical theater with the spectacle of the circus
Music by Cy Coleman, Lyrics by Michael Stewart, Book by Mark Bramble
Before there was the movie smash “The Greatest Showman”, there was BARNUM, the Tony® Award-winning story of P.T. Barnum who combined razzle-dazzle with brass and charm to sell humbug to cheering crowds. A joyful and moving musical portrait of the nineteenth century’s greatest showman, BARNUM is a colorful, dynamic spectacle with heart and a landmark Cy Coleman score (“Come Follow The Band”, “The Colors of My Life”, and “Thank God I’m Old”).
BARNUM premiered at Broadway’s St. James Theatre in 1980 starring Jim Dale and Glenn Close where it played for 854 performances. It was nominated for ten Tony© Awards with wins for Mr. Dale as Best Actor plus scenic and costume design. Its 1981 West End premiere starred Michael Crawford. BARNUM was recently revived at the Menier Chocolate Factory in 2018.
Join us at the circus!
PT Barnum – Kirby Ward • Charity Barnum – Tracy Lore • Joice Heth/Blues Singer – Regina LeVert • Jenny Lind – Kelley Dorney • Tom Thumb – Matthew Patrick Davis • Ringmaster/James A. Bailey – Glenn Shiroma
ENSEMBLE: Jasmine Ejan, Matt Braver, Jeffrey Scott Parsons
BARNUM will be directed by Alan Bailey and choreographed by Cheryl Baxter. Musical direction by Jan Roper. Production supervision by Barbara Carlton Heart.
Presented in staged concert reading format on Sunday, September 22, 2019 at 7pm at the historic Alex Theatre in Glendale, CA.
Musical Theatre Guild is comprised of the finest musical theatre artists in the Los Angeles area, producing staged concert readings (book in hand) of Broadway’s forgotten gems and undiscovered treasures. For over twenty years, Musical Theatre Guild has produced nearly 100 shows, many of which are once-in-a-generation opportunities to be performed and seen. Performances are presented with minimal scenery and costumes. A live professional orchestra is utilized for all productions.
Recognitions include The Los Angeles Drama Critics Margaret Harford Award, The Actors’ Equity Foundation, The ASCAP Foundation, The California Arts Council, City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department, Los Angeles County Arts Commission, The City of Los Angeles Artistic Excellence Citation, and more.