Todd McKenney will be P.T. Barnum when the Australian production of Barnum The Circus Musical debuts in Melbourne in April 2019.
At 53, McKenney is a veteran of the Australian stage having worked in The Boy From Oz, Grease, Anything Goes, Priscilla Queen of the Desert and 42nd Street.
Barnum The Circus Musical sets new challenges for Todd.
“Barnum is one of those roles in musical theatre that every actor dreams of playing and performing this role has been on my bucket list since 1983 when I first started in musical theatre. It’s a dream come true for me to get the chance to play this iconic man in this legendary musical,” said Todd.
Rachael Beck will play Barnum’s wife Charity.
The musical is 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 Heththe 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 nightingale, Jenny Lind.
Barnum The Circus Musical will be performed exclusively at Melbourne’s Comedy Theatre from April 2019.