Barnum: The Big Top Musical tells the story of the America’s most famous circus man P.T. Barnum. It’s playing through April 28 at the Lake Worth Playhouse. Tickets are $23-35.
Most of the time it’s hard to tell that the Lake Worth Playhouse, now in its 60th season, is a community theater. These actors don’t get paid. They do it for the love of the show. And every show I’ve seen there, the cast displays an enormous amount of heart and soul. I’ve liked some more than others, but the one constant is the cast is always stellar and the productions are always top-notch.
The cast of Barnum is no exception. But it’s Andrew Spinelli, who plays the lead role of P.T. Barnum, that steals the show. As the title character the show he is supposed to be the main focus. But in this production it’s hard to focus on anybody else. While all of cast does a fine job, Spinelli soars, especially on the song, The Prince of Humbug, near the end.
“I think the guy who played Barnum is going to wind up on Broadway,” said Jeff Wolmetz of Delray Beach. “The show was fantastic. I loved that song at the end, join the circus.”
Kevin Klein of Delray Beach also enjoyed the ending.
“I think it was very entertaining,” he said. “My favorite part was at the end of the show when they did all of the acrobatic stuff and the girl was hanging in the air and twirling around in the cloth. Everybody brought out all of their talent.”