Barnum 1985

Opened: March 14, 1985
Closing: April 26, 1986

Barnum - 1985 - West End History , Info & More

Ladies and gentleman, boys and girls, children of all ages... step right up to The Ritz Theatre for a front row seat and a first rate glance at the jugglers, clowns, trapeze artists and original ring leader of them all... Mr. P.T. Barnum! Written by Mark Bramble, Music by Cy Coleman and Lyrics by Michael Stewart, we're giving a fresh, exciting new look to this classic American Musical. Based on the life of showman P.T. Barnum, this spectacle takes you to a world like you've never seen before! Here lies a rare gem that offers everything from traditional musical theatre to the tantalizing stir of excitement that one can only find waiting underneath the big top!

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Barnum FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What productions of Barnum have there been?
Barnum has had 7 productions including Broadway which opened in 1980, Broadway which opened in 1980, US Tour which opened in 1981, West End which opened in 1981, US Tour which opened in 1981, West End which opened in 1985 and West End which opened in 1992.

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