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Revival of Barnum!

Michael Ball in Barnum Talks with Cameron MacKintosh
Musical theatre legend Michael Ball is said to be in talks to star in Cameron Mackintosh’s proposed revival of circus spectacular Barnum. The show is in its earliest stages of development and is provisionally scheduled to open somewhere in the West End in early 2010, giving Michael more than enough time to extend his contract with Hairspray again if he wants.

Michael has already extended his contract twice in his longest unbroken run in his whole career, and he has often stated that he is having the time of his life. His unanimously lauded performance as the depressed and agoraphobic housewife Edna Turnblad also won him his first ever Olivier award in his twenty-year career.

Rumours of reviving Barnum have been circulating for months. John Barrowman revealed in an interview over a year ago that he had been approached and had been given ‘an offer he couldn’t refuse’ to star in the show. Ultimately, he had to refuse because of his busy and varied schedule. The musical Barnum was first staged in London at the Palladium and starred Michael Crawford. The spectacular show, which tells the life story of showman PT Barnum and displays a range of breathtaking circus skills, ran for almost two years and was broadcast by BBC television in the early 1980’s.

Published: 08/12/2008 10:01:58