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Hartt Presents Circus Musical, Barnum — Free Tickets Available!
The Hartt School will present the musical circus spectacle, Barnum, Oct. 24–27 in Lincoln Theater.
Performances will take place Thursday, Oct. 24; Friday, Oct. 25; and Saturday, Oct. 26, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 27, at 3 p.m.
A limited number of free tickets are available for each performance on a first-come, first-served basis; limit four free tickets per patron. To obtain complimentary tickets to Barnum, go to the Box Office website; on the right side of the page, where it asks if you have a code, enter the code occupy712. You can also call the Box Office at 860.768.4228 or 800.274.8587, and provide the code when asked for payment, or you can go to the box office in Lincoln Theater and provide the code when asked for payment. Box Office Hours are Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Barnum is based on the life of Connecticut-born showman P.T. Barnum. Though known for founding what would become the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, Barnum was engaged in many other endeavors, including politics. He served two terms in the Connecticut legislature and also served as mayor of Bridgeport, where he is buried in a cemetery he designed.
With book by Mark Bramble, lyrics by Michael Stewart, and music by Cy Coleman (Sweet Charity, City of Angels, “The Best is Yet to Come,” “Witchcraft”), Hartt’s production is directed by Ralph Perkins and choreographed by Hartt alumnus Kyle Brand. The show covers the period from 1835 through 1880 in America and major cities of the world where Barnum took his performing companies. The production combines elements of traditional musical theatre with the spectacle of the circus. The characters include jugglers, trapeze artists and clowns, as well as such real-life personalities as Jenny Lind and General Tom Thumb. The score includes “There is a Sucker Born Ev'ry Minute," "Love Makes Such Fools of Us All," and "The Colors of My Life."
Nominated for 10 Tony Awards, and winner in three categories, including Jim Dale as Best Actor in a Musical for his performance in the title role, the original production opened at the St. James Theatre on Broadway on April 30, 1980, and closed on May 16, 1982, after 854 performances and 26 previews. The original Broadway cast also featured Glenn Close as Charity (Chairy) Barnum.