Full cast announced for Barnum the Musical

The full cast of Barnum the Musical has been announced! The production, which will open at Melbourne’s Comedy Theatre in April, had previously confirmed Todd McKenney as P.T. Barnum, Rachael Beck as Charity Barnum, Akina Edmonds as Joice Heth and Susie Mathers as Jenny Lind.

Kirby Burgess and Joshua Reckless will appear in Barnum

Joining this incredible group of performers will be Kirby Burgess as The Ringmaster and Joshua Reckless as Tom Thumb. The ensemble will include Embla Bishop, Robbie Curtis, Sarah Gray, Matthew Hamilton, Stephen McDowell, Vanessa McGregor and William Meagher.

Based on the life of P.T. Barnum, Barnum is a colourful, dynamic spectacle with heart, where audiences shall witness the wonders of the world including Jumbo, the largest elephant, Joice Heth the oldest woman to ever live, a great white whale from Labrador, General Tom Thumb only twenty-five inches from toe to crown, and the rarest and most beautiful bird in captivity the Swedish soprano, Jenny Lind.

Barnum debuted on Broadway in 1980 where it played for almost 900 performances. A West End production premiered in 1981 at the London Palladium before a successful UK tour in 1985-1986. The first Australian production premiered in Sydney in 1982 starring Reg Livermore.

This reimagined Australian production of Barnum will be directed by Tyran Parke, with the all Australian creative team also including Choreographer and Musical Staging Kelly Aykers, Musical Director Stephen Gray, Circus Direction Zebastian Hunter, Set and Costume Design Dann Barber, Lighting Design Rachel Burke, Sound Design Michael Waters and Associate and Resident Director Caroline Kaspar.

More information and tickets are available at: Barnumthemusical.com.au

Matt Edwards

Matt is a past owner of AussieTheatre, working as digital director from 2011 to 2019. He is also a performer, most recently appeared in the Australian tour of Mamma Mia! and previously in the Australian/NZ tour of CATS and Enda Markey's acclaimed production of Blood Brothers. As well as performing Matt keeps himself busy in the digital side of the arts working with web design agency Emptyhead Digital

Matt Edwards

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