The Barnum Festival has partnered with Fairfield Center Stage (FCS) and the Fairfield Museum and History Center to present four free outdoor musical-in-concerts in June.
FCS’s annual summer presentation will feature “Barnum,” running one weekend only, June 27-29 at Fairfield Museum Commons at 370 Beach Rd behind Old Town Hall. This show is one of several new events that were introduced by Barnum Festival Ringmaster Marty Schwartz of Fairfield.
The role of P.T. Barnum will be played by Fairfield County native and winner of season one of “The Voice,” Javier Colon. Joining Colon in the cast will be comedy legend and Trumbull native, Lisa Lampanelli, as the Blues Singer, as well as 50 other singers, dancers, acrobats, and magicians, including The Amazing Andy. In addition to the cast, there will be a 12 piece onstage orchestra.
This musical retelling of the life of P.T. Barnum, who served as the Mayor of Bridgeport before founding the Barnum & Bailey Circus, will be an exciting event for the whole family.
Audiences are encouraged to bring blankets/low-back chairs & picnics for this family-friendly summer event, which will be presented with free general admission tickets thanks to individual donors and local corporate sponsors.
Amenities include local food trucks, face painting, balloon artists, concessions (including wine and beer), and access to indoor restrooms.
The opening night gala reception on June 27 starts at 6 p.m. with dinner and a cocktail party, live and silent auction items, plus 8 p.m. show. Tickets are $125 per person. There will also be free admission to the show only in a designated section.
Free admission also is available for the June 28 show at 7:30 p.m. and the June 29 shows at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. (closing night). First come, first serve for free performances. VIP seating also are available for June 28 and 29 shows at $50 per person.
Performances will be presented outdoors at 370 Beach Rd in Fairfield. Vicinity street parking is free and the park opens one hour before showtime for seating/picnics.
P.T. Barnum, the Greatest Showman on Earth, combines razzle-dazzle with charm and brass to sell “humbug” to cheering crowds. BARNUM is a colorful, dynamic spectacle with heart. Cy Coleman and Michael Stewart’s rousing score includes “There’s a Sucker Born Every Minute,” “Join the Circus,” “The Colors of My Life,” and “Come Follow The Band.”
The Production is led by Artistic Director Christy McIntosh-Newsom, Executive Producer Eli Newsom, and Producer Christine Brown. The all-local production staff includes Music Direction by Clay Zambo, Vocal Direction by Brian Crook, Choreography by Kelsey Kaminski, Scenic Design by Perry Liu, Costume Design by Jessica Camarero, Lighting Design by Don Rowe, and Sound Design by Joe Boerst.
The local, volunteer cast includes Lindsay Johnson as Charity Barnum, Jessica Rahrig as The Ringmaster, Anne Collin as Jenny Lind, Bobby Henry as Joice Heth, and Nathan Horne as Tom Thumb.
To order VIP tickets or make a reservation for the cocktail reception, visit www.barnumfestival.com or call 203-367-8495. Tickets are also available atwww.fairfieldcenterstage.org or call 203.416.6446. For accessible seating access please email email@example.com or call FCS.
Fairfield Center Stage’s mission is to lead a culturally diverse collective of local artists to provide a quality, accessible, and affordable theatre arts experience for the community, by the community.
About the Barnum Festival
The Barnum Festival is a celebration of the City of Bridgeport and the surrounding area that was organized in 1948 to help support local businesses and honor P.T. Barnum–a world-renowned showman and city leader. The first Festival was held in 1949.
The Barnum Festival events focus on building community spirit, fostering philanthropy, and celebrating the diverse cultures represented by residents. The festival culminates in a weekend-long Barnum Palooza that hosts parades, plays, fireworks, and other family-friendly festivities.