Original Broadway Production
The original production opened at the St. James Theatre on Broadway, on April 30, 1980 and closed on May 16, 1982 after 854 performances and 26 previews. It was directed and choreographed by Joe Layton, with scenic design by David Mitchell, costume design by Theoni V. Aldredge, and lighting design by Craig Miller. The musical starred Jim Dale as P.T. Barnum, Glenn Close as Charity Barnum, Marianne Tatum as Jenny Lind, Terri White as Joice Heth, and Terrence Mann as Chester Lyman.
Original London Production
London Palladium: June 11 1981 – February 5 1983
UK Tour (1984-1986)
Manchester Opera House: 18 weeks
Victoria Palace Theatre: Previews March 2 – 13, opens March 14 1985 – April 26 1986
The show was closed to public 23 Jan – 1 Feb 1986 for filming for the BBC and later VHS (and DVD) release.
The London cast included Michael Crawford as P.T. Barnum, Deborah Grant as Charity Barnum and Sarah Payne as Jenny Lind. Crawford reprised his role opposite Eileen Battye in a UK Tour of the show which ran between 1984 and 1986
International productions were staged in Australia (1982) starring Reg Livermore, Madrid (1984) starring Emilio Aragón, Florida (2008) starring Brad Oscar.