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Barnum (Original Broadway Cast Recording) [Remaster]

  • 1. Barnum, musical: Overture Chase
    2. Barnum, musical: There Is A Sucker Born Ev'ry Minute
    3. Barnum, musical: Humble Beginnings Chase
    4. Barnum, musical: Thank God I'm Old
    5. Barnum, musical: The Colors Of My Life (Part 1) - (Part I)
    6. Barnum, musical: The Colors Of My Life (Part 2) - (Part II)
    7. Barnum, musical: One Brick At A Time
    8. Barnum, musical: Museum Song
    9. Barnum, musical: Female Of The Species Chase
    10. Barnum, musical: I Like Your Style
    11. Barnum, musical: Bigger Isn't Better
    12. Barnum, musical: Love Makes Such Fools Of Us All
    13. Barnum, musical: Midway Chase
    14. Barnum, musical: Out There
    15. Barnum, musical: Come Follow The Band
    16. Barnum, musical: Black And White
    17. Barnum, musical: The Colors Of My Life (reprise) - (Reprise)
    18. Barnum, musical: The Prince Of Humbug
    19. Barnum, musical: Join The Circus
    20. Barnum, musical: Finale Chase
    21. Barnum, musical: The Final Event: There Is A Sucker Born Ev'ry Minute (reprise) - (Reprise)
    22. Barnum, musical: Come Follow The Band (bonus track) - (previously unreleased)
    23. Barnum, musical: At Least I Tried (bonus track) - (previously unreleased)
    24. Barnum, musical: So Little Time (bonus track) - (previously unreleased)
    25. Barnum, musical: Join The Circus (bonus track) - (previously unreleased)
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 89999

  • Credits
    ProducerCy Coleman; Mike Berniker; Didier C. Deutsch (Reissue); Darcy M. Proper (Reissue)
    EngineerFrank Laico; Ted Brosnan

    Music composed by Cy Coleman. Lyrics written by Michael Stewart.
    Principal cast includes: Jim Dale (P.T. Barnum); Glenn Close (Chairy Barnum);
    Marianne Tatum (Jenny Lind); Terri White (Joice Heth); Leonard John Crofoot (Tom Thumb); William C. Witter (Ringmaster, Julius Goldschmidt, James A. Bailey).
    Recorded at Columbia 52nd St. Studios, New York, New York on May 26-30, 1980.
    Originally released on Columbia (36576). Includes liner notes by Jim Dale.
    All tracks have been digitally remastered.
    Personnel: Karen Gustafson, Peter Phillips (piano).
    Liner Note Author: Jim Dale & Company.
    Recording information: Columbia 52nd Street Studios, New York, NY (1980).
    Directors: Joe Layton; Peter Howard.
    Photographer: Martha Swope.
    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." ~ William Ruhlmann

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