The Maltz Jupiter Theatre is bringing the circus to town with the Tony-award winning musical, Barnum. Broadway veteran, Brad Oscar (The Producers, Spamalot, Jekyll & Hyde), portrays the greatest showman on earth, P.T. Barnum, in this hit musical that uses the spectacle of the circus to tell his life story. Onstage at the Maltz Jupiter Theatre from January 6 — 25, 2009 will be a lively cast of sixteen, seven live musicians and host of circus tricks including trapeze, juggling and tight rope walking to bring Barnum’s colorful career to life.
Barnum will be directed by Gordon Greenberg and choreographed by Joshua Rhodes; with music direction by Helen Gregory, scenic design by Michael Schweikardt, costume design by Alejo Vietti, and lighting design by Traci Klainer. This circus extravaganza kicks off 2009 at the Maltz Jupiter Theatre in grand style. “Come Follow the Band” and meet the extraordinary acts that led Barnum from humble beginnings to create “The Greatest Show on Earth.”
Barnum is sponsored by the John McDonald Company, a luxury home builder of Jupiter, FL. Tickets ($30 – $49) for all of the Maltz Jupiter Theatre’s season plays, musicals and limited engagements are now on sale! Call the box office for more information at (561) 575-2223 or visit us online at www.jupitertheatre.org.
According to Greenberg, “I have always been a great fan of Brad Oscar–both as a person and a performer. He was the first person that came to mind in casting the role of P.T. Barnum. We are so fortunate to be able to explore the show anew with such a profoundly talented actor. In many ways, Brad embodies the spirit of Barnum, a born showman with a rich imagination and a keen sense of the public’s taste. Barnum was the father of modern advertising and a quintessential symbol of American values. From his humble beginnings in his father’s dry goods store in Connecticut to his museums, shows and circus, Barnum was a visionary, bringing us the idea of theatre as family entertainment. This production aims to use the fertile mind and acute ambition of Barnum as fuel for his many successes as well as his personal challenges. It’s an incredibly compelling–and all too relatable story, told in the most theatrical and entertaining way–just as Barnum himself would have wanted it!”
About the show: Winner of a Theater World, a Drama Desk and three Tony Awards, this Broadway hit sparkles with a cast of singers, actors, jugglers, clowns and tumblers! Phineas Taylor Barnum had the ability to create illusions and make fortunes at the same time. In this grand production, the worlds of musical theatre and circus fuse into a vibrant and entertaining musical celebrating the colorful, creative and driven life of the World’s Greatest Showman, Phineas ‘P.T.’ Barnum.
“Originally produced on the Broadway Stage by Judy Gordon, Cy Coleman, Maurice and Lois F. Rosenfeld in association with Irwin Feld and Kenneth Feld.”
“Barnum is presented by arrangement with Tams-Witmark Music Library, Inc., 560 Lexington Avenue, New York, New York 10022.”
Cast: Brad Oscar as P.T. Barnum; Misty Cotton as Chairy Barnum; Kevin Kraft as Ringmaster; Debra Walton as Joice Heth; Nathaniel Braga as Tom Thumb; Renee Brna as Jenny Lind; Matt Baker as Dream Barnum; Jessica Green as Dream Chairy; Amy Shure as Dream Jenny; Debra Walton as Blues Singer and an Ensemble including: Matt Baker, Deanna Dys, Jessica Green Freddie Kimmel, Alfie Parker, Jr., Amy Shure, Emily K. Bottorff, William Cortez-Statham, Alice Eacho and Dean-Carlo Grant.