Barnum (Original Broadway Cast Recording)

( 2 )

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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" ...
See more details below
CD (Remastered / Bonus Tracks)
$7.99
BN.com price

Pick Up In Store

Reserve and pick up in 60 minutes at your local store

Other sellers (CD)
  • All (7) from $1.99   
  • New (5) from $5.18   
  • Used (2) from $1.99   

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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."
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/28/2002
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 696998999923
  • Catalog Number: 89999
  • Sales rank: 13,010

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Overture Chase - The Orchestra (1:03)
  2. 2 There Is A Sucker Born Ev'ry Minute (2:24)
  3. 3 Humble Beginnings Chase - Circus Band (0:30)
  4. 4 Thank God I'm Old (2:31)
  5. 5 The Colors Of My Life (Part 1) (2:46)
  6. 6 The Colors Of My Life (Part 2) - Glenn Close (1:54)
  7. 7 One Brick At A Time - Company (3:24)
  8. 8 Museum Song (1:50)
  9. 9 Female Of The Species Chase - Circus Band (0:37)
  10. 10 I Like Your Style (3:18)
  11. 11 Bigger Isn't Better (3:55)
  12. 12 Love Makes Such Fools Of Us All (3:20)
  13. 13 Midway Chase - Circus Band (0:41)
  14. 14 Out There - Company (2:16)
  15. 15 Come Follow The Band - Company (3:51)
  16. 16 Black And White - Company (5:05)
  17. 17 The Colors Of My Life (reprise) - Company (1:38)
  18. 18 The Prince Of Humbug (1:42)
  19. 19 Join The Circus - Company (5:50)
  20. 20 Finale Chase (0:11)
  21. 21 The Final Event: There Is A Sucker Born Ev'ry Minute (reprise) (1:34)
  22. 22 Come Follow The Band (bonus track) - Michael Stewart (5:03)
  23. 23 At Least I Tried (bonus track) - Cy Coleman (2:11)
  24. 24 So Little Time (bonus track) - Cy Coleman (2:15)
  25. 25 Join The Circus (bonus track) - Michael Stewart (3:09)
Read More Show Less

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jim Dale Primary Artist, Vocals
Original Cast Recording Indexed Contributor
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
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
( 2 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(1)

4 Star

(1)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing all of 2 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2008

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2010

    No text was provided for this review.

Sort by: Showing all of 2 Customer Reviews