Barnum: Musical Info & Synopsis


Barnum brings to life P.T. Barnum, the famous American showman and founder of the Barnum & Bailey Circus. The musical follows his rise to fame, entrepreneurial ventures, personal life, and relationship with his wife, Charity. As Barnum strives to create spectacular shows, the musical explores themes of showmanship, the pursuit of the American Dream, and the price of success.

Musical Information

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1980)

Cast Size: 20+

Genre: Biography

Setting: 1800s / USA

Creative Team

Music: Cy Coleman

Lyrics: Michael Stewart

Book: Mark Bramble

Cast Albums

Original Broadway Cast (1980)➝

Original London Cast (1981)➝


Audition Songs: Theatre Trip

Licensing: Concord Theatricals➝

Sheet Music: Amazon➝


1980s, Biographical, One-Word, True Story

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