The Greatest Showman (2017) Poster


In January 2017, the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus, the circus founded by P.T. Barnum, announced they would be closing their doors forever, due to decreased attendance and protests by animal rights activists. Their last shows were in May 2017.
Zendaya did all of her own trapeze stunts in the film.
This has been a dream project for Hugh Jackman since 2009.
Rebecca Ferguson admitted in an interview that she was extremely nervous when she had to perform a song in the film because she had to sing in front of a full audience plus all the crew. She commented that it was Hugh Jackman and his encouraging response to her performance that really helped her at the time.
Hugh Jackman sang a preview of one of the musical numbers on his Hugh Jackman: Broadway to Oz tour.
This is Zac Efron's fifth musical since the High School Musical trilogy and Hairspray (2007).
Although Rebecca Ferguson graduated from Adolf Fredrik's Music School in Stockholm in 1999, her performance as Jenny Lind will be her first appearance on film as a singer.
The Greatest Showman (2017) will feature eleven new original songs written by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, the Academy Award winning lyricists of La La Land (2016). From early on in preproduction on the film, the decision was made to have the musical style to evoke more that of contemporary musical genres like pop and hip hop rather than that of a traditional, classical musical style that would accurately evoke the film's 1800s setting. The choice was to express not just the characters' feelings, but how ahead of his time P.T. Barnum was. As Pasek said, "He wasn't bound by the world in which he lived; he wanted to create one."
Jenny Lind was written with Anne Hathaway in mind.
Michael Gracey said the movie is similar to West Side Story (1961), Mary Poppins (1964), and The Sound of Music (1965).
Michael Gracey's first feature film.
Carey Mulligan and Ellen Page were in early talks for the role of Jenny Lind. Director Michael Gracey visited Rebecca Ferguson at her home in London with a TV under his arm and picked the film and the part of Jenny Lind to her, because she was his choice to play that part in the film.
This is Hugh Jackman's first musical since Les Misérables (2012).
Zac Efron and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II previously worked on Baywatch (2017). Michelle Williams debuted in Baywatch (1989).
This is the second movie for Hugh Jackman and Michelle Williams since Deception (2008).
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A well known musical based on P.T.'s life, "Barnum", starring Jim Dale and Glenn Close, was a fine hit on Broadway. With songs written by Cy Coleman and Michael Stewart, the show demands a tour-de-force performance from its star.

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