Barnum Brings Home Suzie Mathers

Suzie Mathers will Return to Australia to Star in Barnum The Circus Musical

Exclusively at Melbourne’s Comedy Theatre in April 2019

Suzie Mathers. Photo Darren Bell

“Barnum’s the name… P.T. Barnum. And I want to tell you that tonight you are going to see – bar none – every sight, wonder and miracle that name stands for!”

BARNUM, one of Broadway’s most treasured musicals, returns to Australia in an all-new spectacular production. From visionary director Tyran Parke, this new production will play an exclusive engagement at Melbourne’s most intimate professional musical theatre venue, the Comedy Theatre for a strictly limited time from 27th April 2019.

Australian musical theatre starlet Suzie Mathers will return home to Australia to star as the Swedish Nightingale Jenny Lind, in this new production of the favourite Broadway classic. In recent years she has taken London’s West End by storm most notably starring in the role of Glinda in the 10th Anniversary cast of Wicked at the Apollo Victoria Theatre.

“I am so excited to be returning home to play such a wonderful role alongside a stellar all Australian cast and creative team. To be back on the Aussie stage will be incredibly special – I’m having such a ball working in London, but you know what they say, ‘there’s no place like home’!” said Suzie.

Starring alongside Suzie Mathers in this new Australian production as America’s legendary circus impresario and unparalleled showman P.T. Barnum will be none other than Australia’s own greatest showman Todd McKenney. Star of Australian stage and screen, Rachael Beck will play the devoted wife of P.T. Barnum, Charity and joining the cast playing Joice Heth, is musical theatre star Akina Edmonds.

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.  Plus, a cast of hundreds, no thousands including marching bands, tumbling bands, flying bands, bands of every size shape and description!

This heart-warming and uplifting musical is a theatrical event for all generations, full of great music, circus, magic and comedy; not to mention BARNUM’s magnificent tight-rope scene.  In collaboration with the National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA), the brand new Australian production is produced by StoreyBoard Entertainment bringing together some of the creative team from its critically acclaimed production Follies, In Concert.

Todd McKenney. Photo by Jeff Busby

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.

With a book by Mark Bramble (42nd Street), lyrics by Michael Stewart (Hello Dolly!), and music by Cy Coleman (Sweet Charity). BARNUM covers the period from 1835 through 1880 in America and major cities of the world where Barnum took his performing companies.

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, Set and Costume Design Dann Barber, Circus Direction Zebastian Hunter, Lighting Design Rachel Burke and Sound Design Michael Waters.

Suspend your disbelief at the theatre door and do not miss this musical or as Barnumhimself would say “The Greatest Show on Earth!”



Comedy Theatre, Melbourne
From April 27
Bookings: or Ph: 1300 11 10 11


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