Barnum on Stage

Have you ever wanted to run away and join the circus? Do you enjoy a good musical comedy? Well, combine them, and you get one of the most enjoyable musicals written in the past 40 years. The Mercury Theater is hosting a showtune-driven, three-ring spectacle and you don't want to miss their version of the "greatest show on Earth."

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The hit 1980 musical Barnum celebrates the life of famous flim-flam artist P.T. Barnum as he makes his ascent to household name as partner in the Barnum and Bailey Circus. And Mercury Theater Chicago presents this rarely produced musical through June 16.

Tumblers, jugglers and clowns fill Mercury Theater's intimate space while we tap our toes to Cy Coleman's brassy, big top score. Chicago favorite Gene Weygandt plays the title role with a perpetual twinkle in his eye. Through Barnum, we learn that aiming high may mean distracting the spectators as we move the target a bit lower.

"There's a sucker born every minute," sings Barnum in his opening number. Yes, indeed. It's just a matter of finding how to earn that sucker buck.

Believe me, though. You won't be a sucker checking out this fun, family friendly production -- espcially with tickets starting at only $25

"Barnum" plays through June 16 at Mercury Theater Chicago. More info here>

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