The smash hit production of the musical Barnum, starring Brian Conley in the title role of the master showman himself PT Barnum will be staged at His Majesty’s Theatre in Aberdeen this autumn, as part of a national tour of the Cameron Mackintosh and Chichester Festival Theatre production.
The tour will open at Leicester’s Curve Theatre later this summer, announced Cameron Mackintosh and Michael Harrison today.
And the stunning stage show which combines traditional musical theatre with circus spectacle, jugglers, trapeze artists and clowns, will run for a week at the Aberdeen city centre theatre for a week from Tuesday, November 18.
Tickets for the HMT performances go on sale this Friday (January 17) to APA Friends and on Tuesday (January 21) to the general public on online at www.aberdeenperformingarts.com, by phone at 01224 641122 and at Aberdeen Box Office at the Music Hall and His Majesty’s Theatre.
This production of Barnum opened at Chichester Festival Theatre’s Theatre in the Park in July last year and became one of the most successful musicals in the 51-year history of Chichester Festival Theatre with a record box office attendance of almost 70,000 people.
The musical follows the irrepressible imagination and dreams of Phineas T Barnum, America’s Greatest Showman. The story of his life and his marriage to Chairy reveals a couple who looked at the world from opposite sides of the spectrum, and also reveals that she was the practical one who made Barnum’s dreams come true.
The production follows the legendary showman’s life as he lit up the world with the colour, warmth and excitement of his imagination and finally teamed up with J A Bailey to create Barnum and Bailey’s Circus – the Greatest Show on Earth.
One of the UK’s most versatile actors and performers, Brian Conley most recently scored a huge success as Fagin in the national tour of Cameron Mackintosh’s production of Oliver!. His recent West End stage credits include Edna Turnblad in Hairspray at the Shaftesbury Theatre, Caractacus Potts in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at the London Palladium.
One of the highlights of his career was originating the role of another great iconic American showman Al Jolson in Jolson at the Victoria Palace for which he was nominated for an Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical. On television he is probably best known for playing Doug Digby in The Grimleys, his ITV1 show The Brian Conley Show, his hugely successful An Audience with Brian Conley and numerous Royal Variety Performances.
Barnum has music by Cy Coleman, lyrics by Michael Stewart and a book by Mark Bramble in a revised version by Cameron Mackintosh and Mark Bramble.
Cy Coleman’s wonderfully exuberant score includes the hits Come Follow The Band, The Colours Of My Life and There’s A Sucker Born Ev’ry Minute.
Barnum was a smash-hit when it opened on Broadway in 1980. Starring Glenn Close and Jim Dale, it won three Tony Awards and a Drama Desk Award.
When Barnum opened at the London Palladium in 1981 Michael Crawford took the lead, winning an Olivier Award for his performance.