Inspired by the imagination of P.T. Barnum, The Greatest Showman is an original musical that celebrates the birth of show business & tells of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation.
The Greatest Showman has long been a passion project for star Hugh Jackman, who was first announced to play Barnum back in 2009. Director Michael Gracey was hired for the job in 2011, but the film did not pick up any forward momentum until much later, as principal photography began in November 2016 with stars like Zac Efron, Zendaya, and Michelle Williams also cast. Jackman believed studios were hesitant to green light a new musical, fearful that it would not connect with audiences. It’s possible the overwhelming success of Damien Chazelle’s La La Land, which earned 14 Oscar nominations and grossed $151.1 million domestically, influenced Fox to forge ahead. Coincidentally, the lyricists of La La Land also wrote the songs for this film.
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