Chagrin Valley Little Theatre
Community Theatre

Book by Mark Bramble
Lyrics by Michael Stewart
Music by Cy Coleman

Show Description:
Before the formation of Barnum and Bailey’s Greatest Show on Earth, Phineas Taylor Barnum was already grooming to be one of the greatest showmen on Earth. BARNUM tells the story of how, despite the wishes of his wife "Chairy", P.T. Barnum pursues a life in the circus business. He tours with exotic attractions such as the "oldest woman alive", the tiniest man, known as Tom Thumb, a bearded lady, a blues singer and ringmaster.

As the story unfolds, Barnum finds his attentions straying toward the glamorous Swedish opera singer Jenny Lind, and through the toe-tapping music of Tony Award winner Cy Coleman (City of Angels, Will Rogers Follies, Sweet Charity), audiences follow Barnum's passions both under and outside the big top. The play proceeds up to his collaboration with fellow circus owner James Anthony Bailey to form the organization that would be synonymous with "circus" from then on.

Staff and Cast:

Director: Michael J. Rogan
Musical Director: Kristen Johnson


Tickets and Press

July 17 - August 15

8pm Fridays
8pm Saturdays
2pm Sundays (7/26, 8/2, and 8/9 only)


(440) 247-8955
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Chagrin Valley Little Theatre
40 River Street
Chagrin Falls, OH 44022

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