Upcoming musical film: ‘The Greatest Showman’ ready to put up a spellbinding spectacle

Get ready to catch your favorite stars in a spectacular musical coming this January. Step into the thrilling world of showbiz through the perspective of America’s pop-culture impresario P.T. Barnum in Michael Gracey’s directorial film debut — The Greatest Showman.

Expect millennial favorites like Zac Efron and Zendaya with Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams, Rebecca Ferguson, and Keala Settle to steal the spotlight with jaw-dropping performances and songs from Academy Award winners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, who composed songs from the highly-acclaimed La La Land.

Zac Efron (left) and Zendaya (right) in ‘The Greatest Showman’. (Photo from 20th Century Fox PH)

Can’t wait for this performance! (Photo from 20th Century Fox PH)

The musical movie was inspired by the inspirational rags-to-riches tale of a brash dreamer who proved that anything you can envision is possible and that everyone, no matter how invisible, has a story that is worthy of a world-class spectacle.

Australian filmmaker Gracey brings Barnum’s larger-than-life spirit in a boldly imagined fictional realm — one full of pop tunes, glam dances, and a celebration of the transformative power of showmanship, love and self-belief as Academy Award® nominee Jackman immerses audiences in the very origins of mass entertainment and mega-celebrities in 1870.

P.T. Barnum may have lived over a century ago, but for Gracey, he was a progenitor of our times.  He sees Barnum as a pioneer of today’s visionaries and entrepreneurs who have revolutionized social life (think of him as the Steve Jobs or Jay-Z of his day). Note though that the film is a musical reverie and ode to dreams, not a biopic, but at its center is Barnum’s conviction that the drudgery of everyday life is something you can bust through into a realm of wonder, curiosity, and the joys of being proudly different.

Hugh Jackman and Michelle Williams star in 20th Century Fox’s “The Greatest Showman.” (Photo from 20th Century Fox PH)

(Left to Right) Austyn Johnson, Cameron Deely, Michelle Williams and Hugh Jackman in ‘The Greatest Showman’. (Photo from 20th Century Fox PH)

When audiences came to experience a P.T. Barnum spectacle, they were completely transported out of the ordinary, and we try to do the same in this film in a contemporary way,” said Gracey.

It’s not exaggerating to say that Barnum ushered in modern-day America – and especially the idea that your talent, your imagination and your ability to work hard should be the only things that determine your success. He knew how to make something out of nothing, how to turn lemons into lemonade. I’ve always loved that quality. He followed his own path, and turned any setback he had into a positive.  So many things I aspire to in my life are embodied in this one character,” adds Jackman, who devoted himself for years to bring the film to the screen.

The Greatest Showman also touches on another idea of these times — that of families built on the idea of allowing people to express who they are without reservations.

Barnum pulled people together who the world might otherwise have ignored.  And by bringing each of these people into the light he created a family who were always going to be there for each other,” concludes Gracey.

Watch the trailers here:

From 20th Century Fox and Warner Bros., The Greatest Showman will be entertaining moviegoers starting January 31, 2018 in cinemas nationwide.

See you at the show, millennials!

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