Cameron Mackintosh finds lead for Chichester Barnum?
Date: 11 January 2013
Cameron Mackintosh has reportedly cast American actor Christopher Fitzgerald to play the title role in his forthcoming revival of Barnum, which premieres at Chichester later this year ahead of a likely West End transfer.
"It needs an actor who can sing, dance, juggle, be a clown and an acrobat - and this man can do all of that," Mackintosh told the Daily Mail's Baz Bamigboye.
Fitzgerald's Broadway credits include Young Frankenstein, Finian's Rainbow and Wicked.
Barnum is reportedly being staged in a temporary 1400-seat theatre tent while Chichester's main venue undergoes a £22million development.
The role was originated on Broadway by Jim Dale, while Michael Crawford starred in the 1981 West End premiere at the London Palladium. The musical, which centres on 19th century American showman PT Barnum, has music by Cy Coleman, lyrics by Michael Stewart and a book by Mark Bramble.
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|Oh no! Not that dreary show again! What a disappointment after such a great run of musicals at Chichester. What a pity it is not "Finian's Rainbow" instead. - Hendrik||16 Jan 13|
|Why do we have to have an American actor taking the title role of Phineas Taylor Barnum?
I have seen it in both London and suburban theatres. Starring, Michael Crawford, Paul Nicholas, Andrew O'Connor. As the English actor Jim Dale originated the musical in America, there must be a good actor in our own country who could play the part fantastically!! - Wendy Salter Williams||16 Jan 13|
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