Marianne Tatum, an original star of the 1980 musical hit Barnum, will return to the New York stage on September 26 in James Wesley’s Unbroken Circle. Tatum replaces original cast member Eve Plumb, who will play her final performance on September 22. Unbroken Circle began performances on May 29 at St. Luke’s Theatre and opened on June 19, directed by Jason St. Little.
Set in Galveston, TX, in 1970, Unbroken Circle centers on a family brought together for the first time in years on the day of its patriarch’s funeral. Described as both hilarious and disturbing, the play explores how abuse and family secrets affect family members in different generations. Tatum joins an ensemble cast that includes Stacey Bone-Gleason, Lori Hammel, Suzanna Hay, Jennifer Simard, the playwright and his daughter, Juli Wesley.
Tatum received a Theatre World Award for her Broadway debut performance in Barnum and appeared on Broadway in The Three Musketeers. She played Elsa in New York City Opera’s The Sound of Music and has acted in productions at many regional theaters. Movie audiences can watch for her as Chantelle’s Mother in Martin Scorsese’s forthcoming The Wolf of Wall Street.