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Westchester Broadway Theatre Presents Barnum, 5/4-7/8


The Westchester Broadway Theatre will present the brassy Cy Coleman/Michael Stewart musical Barnum from May 4th through July 8th, with an opening set for May 11th.

Based on the life of the flamboyant circus impresario P.T. Barnum, the show features music by Coleman, lyrics by Stewart and a book by Mark Bramble. Barnum "blends circus arts with Broadway skill. A lot of the credit goes to director/choreography Joe Layton for his imaginative staging of the original Broadway production. His choreography fills the stage with color-- every where you look there are clowns, jugglers, acrobats, tumblers, baton twirlers, tightrope walkers, and trapeze artists," state Westchester notes.

The Westchester Broadway Theatre production will star Tony Lawson as P.T. Barnum, Ann Van Cleave as Chairy Barnum, Alison Spratt as Jenny Lind, Terri White (who was in the original Broadway production) as Joyce Heth and Courter Simmons as Tom Thumb. The production is choreographed and directed by Ray Roderick, with musical direction by Ken Lundie, costume design by Angela Wendt (costume designer of Broadway production of Rent), set design by George Puello, hair/wig design by Gerard Kelly, lighting design by Andrew Gmoser, and sound design by Jon Hatton.

With a score that includes "One Brick at a Time," "Bigger Isn't Better," "Love Makes Such Fools of Us All," "Come Follow The Band," and "Join the Circus," Barnum opened at the St. James Theatre on Broadway in April of 1980 and ran for a little over two years, closing in May of 1982. It won 3 Tony Awards--including one for star Jim Dale--and was nominated for 7 others, including Best Musical.

The Westchester Broadway Theatre's 2006 season will also include The Hot Mikado (July 13th-Sept. 16th), The Full Monty (Sept. 21st-Nov. 19th), and Christmas Inn (Nov. 22nd-Dec. 23rd).

For tickets, call the box office at (914)-592-2222. Dinner or lunch & show range between $55.00 and $72.00 plus tax. Depending on the performance chosen, discounts for groups of 20 or more are available. There are also discounts for children, students, and senior citi­zens at selected perform­ance Visit for more information.

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