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Broadway and Opera Stars Come Together for Special Halloween Performance of Barnum’s Bird: A Musical Extravaganza! The Story of P.T. Barnum and Jenny Lind

Broadway and Opera Stars Come Together for Special Halloween Performance of Barnum’s Bird: A Musical Extravaganza! The Story of P.T. Barnum and Jenny Lind

Bringing their fall programming to a close with a finish worthy of the big top, producers Circle in the Square Theatre School(Paul Libin, President; Susan Frankel, COO), Pigasus Institute, and Rachel Shuey present The Circle Series staged reading of Barnum’s Bird: A Musical Extravaganza! The Story of P.T. Barnum and Jenny Lind. The completely sung-through musical—the series’ largest undertaking to date—will play a special Halloween performance at Broadway’s Circle in the Square on Thursday, October 31 at 7pmand is open to the public. Please note: this is a departure from the series traditional Monday night readings, due to the adjusted playing schedule of Oklahoma! Admission is a suggested donation of $20 for adults and $10 for students and seniors, with all proceeds benefiting Circle in the Square Theatre School.

This fall, The Circle Series has provided avid theatergoers the opportunity to experience new and classic works on a Broadway stage on Monday nights. For audience members who aren’t feeling so spooky, the staged reading series will hold its fall finale on another dark night—Halloween—with Barnum’s Bird: A Musical Extravaganza! The Story of P.T. Barnum and Jenny Lind. The one-act opera, with music by Grammy Award-winning composer Libby Larsen and libretto by Larsen and Bridget Carpenter, centers around Jenny Lind, the most beloved opera singer of her time, and her collaboration with the world-class showman P.T. Barnum. At the height of her career, the “Swedish Nightingale” agreed to embark on an unprecedented 150-performance U.S. tour, produced by Barnum, who had never met Lind nor heard her sing. Barnum’s Bird centers around a dilemma that has plagued our industry since: how, when, why, and, most essentially, should art intersect with entertainment?

The cast of Barnum’s Bird features Glenn Seven Allen (The Light in the Piazza) as P.T. Barnum and Jessica Fishenfeld (Stonewall) as Jenny Lind, with Cáitlín Burke(The Sound of Music national tour), Danielle Chaves, Peter Clark (Dear Erich, Cain),Matthew Curran, Lianne M. Gennaco, Peter Francis James (Hillary and Clinton, Present Laughter), Jim Ludlam (Beardo), Trevor Martin, Caitlin McKechney(Brokeback Mountain), Jordan Weatherston Pitts (Stonewall), and Rachel Policar(The Golden Bride).

Rory Pelsue directs the staged reading, with music direction by Mila Henry. The six-piece chamber orchestra is comprised of Mila Henry (Piano/Conductor), Katie Cox(Flute), Andie Springer (Violin), Leah Asher (Viola), Meaghan Burke (Cello), andClara Warnaar (Percussion).

Barnum’s Bird was originally commissioned by The Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. and The Odyssey Commissioning Program of the Plymouth Music Series, in honor of The Library’s Bicentennial.

Giving theatre lovers a new option to spend a Monday night on Broadway, The Circle Series brings together the New York theatrical community and provides a creative outlet for Circle in the Square Theatre School students and alumni by showcasing new and developing work on Circle in the Square’s Broadway Stage. The Circle Series is presented by the Pigasus Institute and produced by Rachel Shuey in partnership with the Circle in the Square Theatre School. All donations benefit Circle in the Square Theatre School. For complete information about The Circle Series, visit http://www.circleseries.org

October 31st Suggested donation: $20

Time: 7-10pm Social Hour begins at 6pm

Location: Circle in the Square Theatre, 235 West 50th Street (Paramount Plaza building)

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Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret, opera and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. She has a screenplay and a TV show in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She is a proud member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and was a nominator. Email: suzanna@t2conline.com

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