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Barnum (Original Broadway Cast Recording)
     

Barnum (Original Broadway Cast Recording)

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by Jim Dale
 
Barnum, the musical theater treatment of the life of impresario Phineas Taylor (P.T.) Barnum (1810-1891) that followed the famed promoter from his first show in 1835 to his 1881 merging of his circus with that of James Anthony Bailey to form the Barnum & Bailey Circus, became a long-running success on Broadway upon its opening on April 30, 1980, largely due to

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Barnum, the musical theater treatment of the life of impresario Phineas Taylor (P.T.) Barnum (1810-1891) that followed the famed promoter from his first show in 1835 to his 1881 merging of his circus with that of James Anthony Bailey to form the Barnum & Bailey Circus, became a long-running success on Broadway upon its opening on April 30, 1980, largely due to the talents of its star, 44-year-old British actor/singer Jim Dale, who embodied the title role with all the extroverted charm required and won a Tony award for his trouble. Composer Cy Coleman and lyricist Michael Stewart's score was appealing, especially the inevitable "There Is a Sucker Born Ev'ry Minute" (Barnum's catch phrase), the lyrical ballad "The Colors of My Life," the lively "Come Follow the Band," and "Join the Circus," which Barnum and Bailey later featured as a theme song. Naturally, Coleman used circus music as his main inspiration, and Stewart imbued his lyrics with Barnum's sense of engaging balderdash. Barnum discoveries Joice Heth (Terri White), Tom Thumb (Leonard Crofoot), and Jenny Lind (Marianne Tatum) got their own songs, and there was a ringmaster (William C. Witter), who treated Barnum's life as though it was a series of circus acts. As Barnum's wife, Glenn Close had a rather thankless part, but she made the best of it, notably in her only solo, "The Colors of My Life (Part II)." Barnum necessarily loses a lot in a mere aural version, not only because Dale's stage-filling performance can't be seen, but also because the show on-stage is full of other circus performances. Still, the score is a stylistically consistent work that Dale and associates bring out well. The 2002 reissue adds four demos by Coleman and Stewart, including the cut songs "At Least I Tried" and "So Little Time."

Product Details

Release Date:
05/28/2002
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0696998999923
catalogNumber:
89999
Rank:
5759

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jim Dale   Primary Artist,Vocals
Cy Coleman   Vocals
Peter Phillips   Piano
Michael Stewart   Vocals
Karen Gustafson   Piano
Joe Layton   Staging
Glenn Close   Vocals,Track Performer
Terri White   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Cy Coleman   Producer,Liner Notes,Vocal Arrangements
Michael Berniker   Producer
Didier C. Deutsch   Reissue Producer
Peter Holsapple   Composer
Peter Howard   Director,Music Direction
Frank Laico   Engineer
Michael Stewart   Composer,Lyricist
Hershy Kay   Orchestration
Darcy Proper   Reissue Producer
Joe Layton   Director
Ted Brosnan   Engineer
Ken Fredette   Art Direction
Jeremy Stone   Vocal Arrangements
Stacey Boyle   Tape Research
Jim Dale & Company   Liner Notes
Abe Vélez   Packaging Manager
Frank D. Laico   Engineer
Darcy M. Proper   Reissue Producer
Abraham Vélez   Packaging Manager

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