The part had previously been tipped for John Barrowman but, according to the Daily Mail, Barrowman declined because of his TV and other commitments. Jim Dale originated Barnum on Broadway, while Michael Crawford starred in the 1981 West End premiere at the London Palladium.
The musical has music by Cy Coleman, lyrics by Michael Stewart and a book by Mark Bramble who is revamping it for the new production, for which Parade’s Rob Ashford has been signed up to direct and choreograph.
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