The Greatest Showman

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The Greatest Showman
The Greatest Showman poster.png
Theatrical release poster
Directed byMichael Gracey
Produced by
Screenplay by
Story byJenny Bicks
Music by
CinematographySeamus McGarvey
Edited by
Distributed by20th Century Fox
Release date
  • December 8, 2017 (2017-12-08) (RMS Queen Mary 2)
  • December 20, 2017 (2017-12-20) (United States)
Running time
105 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States
Budget$84 million[2]
Box office$435 million[3]

The Greatest Showman is a 2017 American musical biographical drama film directed by Michael Gracey in his directorial debut, written by Jenny Bicks and Bill Condon and starring Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, Michelle Williams, Rebecca Ferguson, and Zendaya. Featuring nine original songs from Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, the film is inspired by the story of P. T. Barnum's creation of Barnum's American Museum and the lives of its star attractions.

Principal photography began in New York City in November 2016. The film premiered on December 8, 2017, aboard RMS Queen Mary 2. It was released in the United States on December 20, 2017, by 20th Century Fox, seven months after Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus ceased operations, and grossed over $434 million worldwide, making it the fifth-highest-grossing live-action musical of all time.

The Greatest Showman received mixed reviews from critics, with praise for the performances, music, and production values, but criticism for its artistic license, with some reviewers calling it "faux-inspiring and shallow".[4][5][6] At the 75th Golden Globe Awards, the film received nominations for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy and Best Actor – Musical or Comedy for Jackman. For the song "This Is Me", the film won the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song and was nominated for Best Original Song at the 90th Academy Awards[7] and won the Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards.[8]


In the mid-19th century, P. T. Barnum and his troupe perform a show at the circus ("The Greatest Show (Part 1)").

As a child, Barnum and his tailor father Philo work for the Hallett family. He loves their daughter Charity who is being sent to finishing school. The two keep in touch through letters ("A Million Dreams"), eventually marrying and raising two daughters, Caroline and Helen, in New York City. They live a humble life; though Charity is happy, Barnum craves more.

Barnum loses his job as a clerk at a shipping company after the company goes bankrupt, and returns home for Caroline's birthday ("A Million Dreams (Reprise)"). He takes out a loan from a bank, deceiving them into accepting his former employer's lost ships as collateral. He uses this loan to set up Barnum's American Museum in downtown Manhattan, an attraction showcasing various wax models. Initially, sales are slow. On the suggestion of his children to showcase something "alive", Barnum searches for "freaks" to serve as performers for his museum ("Come Alive"). He gathers a large group of them, including bearded lady Lettie Lutz. This attracts a large audience despite protests and poor reviews from well-known critic James Gordon Bennett, prompting Barnum to rename his venture "Barnum's Circus".

Searching for ways to further his reputation, Barnum meets playwright Phillip Carlyle and convinces him to join his venture ("The Other Side"). Phillip is mesmerized by the African American trapeze artist Anne Wheeler, but he hides his feelings. During a trip, Phillip arranges for Barnum and his troupe to meet Queen Victoria. Afterwards, Barnum convinces famed Swedish singer Jenny Lind to perform in America with him as her manager. Lind's first American performance is a rousing success ("Never Enough"); during the song, Phillip and Anne are spotted by Phillip's parents as they are holding hands. As Barnum gains favor with the aristocratic patrons, he begins to distance himself from his troupe as he advises them to work on their performances without him. Dejected, they decide to stand against their local harassers ("This Is Me").

Phillip and Anne attend the theatre but they run into Phillip's parents, who chastise Phillip for "parading around with the help". Anne runs off, and Phillip angrily berates them, then chases Anne and tries to convince her that they can be together, but she rejects him ("Rewrite the Stars"). As Barnum takes Lind on a US tour, Charity feels isolated from her husband as she stays home with their daughters ("Tightrope"). While on tour, Lind begins falling in love with Barnum. When he refuses her advances, she threatens to quit and orchestrates a kiss with him at the end of her last show, which is photographed by the press ("Never Enough (Reprise)").

Barnum returns home to find his circus on fire, caused by a fight between the protesters and the troupe. Phillip runs into the burning building, believing that Anne is still inside, and suffers serious injuries before being rescued by Barnum. Barnum gets word from a sympathetic Bennett that the culprits have been caught and that Lind has canceled her tour after her and Barnum's "scandal". Barnum's mansion is foreclosed upon and Charity takes their daughters to her parents' home.

Devastated by his selfishness, Barnum retreats to a local bar where his troupe find him and explain that despite their disappointments, they still consider themselves a family that needs him. Inspired, he resolves to start a new show and not let ambition overtake his love ("From Now On"). Phillip wakes in a hospital with Anne by his side. Barnum finds Charity and they mend their relationship.

Barnum is faced with the financial difficulty of rebuilding the circus, but the recovering Phillip steps in, offering to use his share of the circus's profits to rebuild it under condition of becoming a full partner, which Barnum happily accepts. To save money, Barnum transforms the enterprise into an open-air tent circus by the docks.

The revamped circus is a huge success ("The Greatest Show (Part 2)"). Barnum gives full control of the show to Phillip to spend more time with his family.


  • Hugh Jackman as P. T. Barnum, an ambitious showman and entrepreneur
    • Ellis Rubin as Young P. T. Barnum
      • Ziv Zaifman provides Young P. T. Barnum's singing voice
  • Zac Efron as Phillip Carlyle, a playwright who becomes Barnum's partner
  • Michelle Williams as Charity Hallett-Barnum, the wife of P. T. Barnum
    • Skylar Dunn as Young Charity
  • Rebecca Ferguson as Jenny Lind, a famous Swedish singer known as the "Swedish Nightingale"
  • Zendaya as Anne Wheeler, an acrobat and trapeze artist
  • Keala Settle as Lettie Lutz, a bearded lady. She is a composite character partly based on Josephine Clofullia and Annie Jones.
  • Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as W. D. Wheeler, an acrobat and Anne's older brother
  • Natasha Liu Bordizzo as Deng Yan, a Chinese acrobat and blade specialist
  • Paul Sparks as James Gordon Bennett, the founder, editor and publisher of the New York Herald
  • Sam Humphrey as Charles Stratton, a dwarf performer who is also known by his stage name General Tom Thumb. In performing this role, Humphrey had to walk on his knees since he was taller than the actual Stratton.
    • James Babson provides Stratton's singing and speaking voice.[citation needed]
  • Austyn Johnson as Caroline Barnum, Barnum's older daughter
  • Cameron Seely as Helen Barnum, Barnum's younger daughter
  • Eric Anderson as Mr. O'Malley, a former pickpocket whom Barnum employs at his circus after failing to rob him. O'Malley handles different tasks like staffing the front of the house, selling tickets, reading the reviews, fending off the protesters, producing the posters and promotional materials, and posting circus playbills everywhere.
  • Daniel Everidge as The Lord of Leeds, a 500-pound man who is based on Teodulo Valenzuela
  • Radu Spinghel as Vasily "O'Clancy" Palvos, an "Irish Giant"
  • Timothy Hughes as the Strongman, a man with enhanced strength who is based on Angus MacAskill[11]
  • Luciano Acuna Jr. as Walter, the Dog Boy who is based on Fedor Jeftichew
  • Danial Son and Yusaku Komori as Chang and Eng Bunker, the "Siamese Twins"
  • Nick Jantz as Jeff Harris, the Juggler
  • Kenneth Chan as the Human Cannonball
  • Martha Nichols as Woman in Gold, an African-American woman in gold clothing with gold spots on her
  • Jonathan Redavid as Frank Lentini, the Three-Legged Man. He was credited as "Dancer Oddity #1".[11]
  • Shannon Holtzapffel as Prince Constantine, the Tattooed Man who is based on Captain George Costentenus. He was credited as "Dancer Oddity #2".[11]
  • Jeremy Hudson as The Elephant-Skinned Man, a man who is based on Ralph Krooner. He was credited as "Dancer Oddity #3".[11]
  • Taylor James as Blockhead, a man with facial piercing that is based on Melvin Burkhart. He is credited as "Dancing Oddity #4".[11]
  • Chelsea Caso as Tattooed Lady, a woman covered in tattoos who is based on Nora Hildebrant. She is credited as "Dancing Oddity #5".[11]
  • Caoife Coleman and Mishay Petronelli as the Albino Twins, two albino women in white clothes who are based on Mary and Florence Martin. They were credited as "Dancer Oddity #6" and "Dancer Oddity #7".[11]
  • Khasan Brasilford as Albino Man, a white-haired man in white clothes. He was credited as "Ensemble Dancer #1".[11]
  • Alex Wong as Oriental Man, a Chinese man dressed in an oriental outfit. He was credited as "Ensemble Dancer #2".[11]
  • Julius Rubio as Golden Boy, a man in gold clothing with gold spots on him. He was credited as "Ensemble Dancer #3".[11]
  • Vincent-Oliver Noiseux as Devil Boy, a performer with horns. He was credited as "Ensemble Dancer #4".[11]
  • DeAnna Walters and Jessica Castro as the Voodoo Twins, two African-American twins. They are credited as "Ensemble Dancer #5" and "Ensemble Dancer #6".[11]
  • Najla Gilam as Snake Dancer, a snake charmer who is based on Nala Damajanti. She was credited as "Ensemble Dancer #7".[11]
  • Christina Glur as the Egyptian Lady, a woman in a fiery red costume with matching hair and an all-seeing eye tattooed on the palm of her right hand. She was credited as "Ensemble Dancer #8".[11]
  • Byron Jennings as Mr. Carlyle, Phillip's father
  • Betsy Aidem as Mrs. Carlyle, Phillip's mother
  • Damian Young as Mr. Winthrop
  • Tina Benko as Mrs. Winthrop
  • Will Swenson as Philo Barnum, a tailor and the late father of P. T. Barnum
  • Linda Marie Larson as Gertrude Stratton, Charles Stratton's mother
  • Fredric Lehne as Benjamin Hallett, Charity's father and Barnum's disapproving father-in-law
  • Kathryn Meisle as Hannah Hallett, Charity's mother and Barnum's mother-in-law
  • Gayle Rankin as Queen Victoria, the Queen of the United Kingdom
  • Shuler Hensley as Lead Protester, the leader of the anti-freak protesters
  • Adam Haas Hunter as protester
  • James Andrew O'Connor as firefighter

Sandou Trio Russian Bar makes an uncredited background cameo during the revamped circus scene.[12]

Pointe Ballerinas portrayed by Emerson Tate Alexander, Victoria Llodra, Louise Hindsbo, Laci Justice, GiaNina Paolantonio, Rachel Quiner, Madison Smith, and Brando Speach


During rehearsals for the 81st Academy Awards in 2009, producers Laurence Mark and Bill Condon compared host Jackman to Barnum. After Jackman expressed interest in a Barnum project, Mark and Condon approached Jenny Bicks, a writer for the ceremony. She and Condon wrote The Greatest Showman.[13] The project was first announced in 2009, with Jackman already set for the title role.[14] In August 2011, Michael Gracey was chosen to direct.[15] In 2013, Fox hired lyricists Pasek and Paul to write the songs.[16]

On June 15, 2016, Zac Efron began negotiations to star in the film,[17] and in July 2016, Michelle Williams was cast.[18][19][20][21] The film was choreographed by Ashley Wallen.[22]


Rehearsals on the film began in October 2016 in New York City, and principal photography began on November 22, 2016.[23]


In December 2017, it was reported that James Mangold, who had worked with Jackman on several projects (including 2017's Logan), had been brought in to serve as an executive producer during the film's post-production. In an interview, director Michael Gracey noted, "There were eight producers on this film, and it was amazing having one of them be a filmmaker."[24]


Musical numbers

Zac Efron and Zendaya being interviewed regarding "Rewrite the Stars" and The Greatest Showman

Benj Pasek and Justin Paul wrote all the songs appearing in the film.[25]

  1. "The Greatest Show" – Hugh Jackman, The Greatest Showman Ensemble
  2. "A Million Dreams" – Ziv Zaifman, Jackman, Michelle Williams
  3. "A Million Dreams (Reprise)" – Austyn Johnson, Cameron Seely, Jackman
  4. "Come Alive" – Jackman, Keala Settle, Daniel Everidge, Zendaya
  5. "The Other Side" – Jackman & Zac Efron
  6. "Never Enough" – Loren Allred
  7. "This Is Me" – Settle & Ensemble
  8. "Rewrite the Stars" – Efron, Zendaya
  9. "Tightrope" – Williams
  10. "Never Enough (Reprise)" – Allred
  11. "From Now On" – Jackman, Ensemble
  12. "The Greatest Show" – Jackman, Efron, Settle, Zendaya, Ensemble


The soundtrack album is produced by Justin Paul, Benj Pasek, Greg Wells, Kevin Weaver and Pete Ganbarg, featuring the eleven tracks performed by the cast. In the United Kingdom, on March 23, 2018, it became only the second album in 30 years to achieve 11 consecutive weeks at number 1, equalling the record set by Adele's 21.[26][27] As of January 25, 2019, the album has spent the sixth most time at number one at 28 non-consecutive weeks, matching the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.[28]

The Greatest Showman: Reimagined

On November 16, 2018, a remix album was also released, The Greatest Showman: Reimagined, which features covers of songs from the soundtrack by musicians including James Arthur and Anne-Marie, Sara Bareilles, Kelly Clarkson, Kesha, Pink, Panic! At the Disco, Years & Years and Jess Glynne, and Zac Brown Band among others.[29][30]


Hugh Jackman at the film's Japanese premiere on February 13, 2018

The Greatest Showman held its premiere on December 8, 2017, aboard RMS Queen Mary 2, while it was docked in New York City. The film was then released in the United States on December 20, 2017.[31][32]

As with Disney's live-action Beauty and the Beast, a sing-along version of the film was released in the United Kingdom on 23 February 2018.[33] The film had a limited IMAX release on 2 February 2018.[citation needed]


On June 28, 2017, 20th Century Fox released the first international trailer to promote the film. On November 13, 2017, the second trailer was released.[34]

On December 17, 2017, Fox televised a live performance of "Come Alive" from Warner Bros. Studios during its live musical special A Christmas Story Live! (which was based on fellow Pasek and Paul work A Christmas Story: The Musical). The number featured the film's stars and a cast of 150 dancers.[35][36]

Home media

In the United States, the film was released via digital download on March 20, 2018, and was released on DVD, Blu-ray, and 4K Ultra HD on April 10, 2018.[37]

In the United Kingdom, the film was released first on digital download on April 27, 2018, while DVD, Blu-ray, and 4K Ultra HD copies went on sale on May 14, 2018. These versions included the sing-along version, two hours of behind-the-scenes footage, and music machine jukebox features.[38]


Box office

The Greatest Showman spent 219 days in release, closing on July 26, 2018, having grossed $174.3 million in the United States and Canada, and $260.7 million in other territories, for a worldwide total of $435 million, against a production budget of $84 million.[3] It is the third-highest-grossing musical ever in North America and also the third-highest globally, and Deadline Hollywood estimated the film would turn a profit of $50–100 million.[39]

In the United States and Canada, The Greatest Showman was released alongside Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, and was projected to gross around $21 million from 3,006 theaters over its first six days.[40][41] It took in $2.5 million on its first day and $2.1 million on its second. Over the three-day weekend, it grossed $9 million (for a six-day total of $19 million), finishing fourth at the box office, behind Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and Pitch Perfect 3.[42] In its second weekend, the film grossed $15.5 million, again finishing 4th at the box office.[43] The weekend-to-weekend increase of 76.3% marked the largest ever for a film playing in over 3,000 theaters, and the fourth biggest ever.[44][45] In its third week, the film dropped 11% to $14 million.[46] The film made $13 million in its fourth weekend and $11 million in its fifth, finishing 4th and 5th at the box office, respectively.[47] The film continued to hold well in its sixth week of release, grossing $9.5 million and returning to 4th place,[48] and again finished fourth in its seventh week, this time grossing $7.8 million (a drop of just 18%).[49] It is the 14th-highest-grossing film that never reached first place at the American box office.[50]

Critical response

On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 56% based on 243 reviews, and an average rating of 5.93/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "The Greatest Showman tries hard to dazzle the audience with a Barnum-style sense of wonder—but at the expense of its complex subject's far more intriguing real-life story."[51] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 48 out of 100, based on 43 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[52] Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "A" on an A+ to F scale, while those at PostTrak gave it 4.5 out of 5 stars and a 70% "definite recommend".[42]

Owen Gleiberman of Variety gave the film a positive review, writing, "The Greatest Showman is a concoction, the kind of film where all the pieces click into place, yet at an hour and 45 minutes it flies by, and the link it draws between P. T. Barnum and the spirit of today is more than hype."[53] Richard Roeper of the Chicago Sun-Times gave the film 3/4 stars, saying, "With all that corn and cheese and old-timey sentiment, The Greatest Showman ends up scoring some very timely social arguments. P. T. Barnum himself would have approved the dramatic sleight of hand."[54] Steve Persall of Tampa Bay Times gave the film an 'A', and said, "The Greatest Showman is the feel-good movie the holiday season needs,"[55] while William Bibbiani of IGN gave The Greatest Showman a score of 7.9/10, and called the film, "wildly entertaining".[56]

Britton Peele of The Dallas Morning News said, "The story is interesting and the beats are well acted, but it's the musical numbers that make The Greatest Showman."[57] Jackie K Cooper of HuffPost gave the film a score of 10/10 and wrote, "You will be overwhelmed by the music and magic that explode on the screen. The film has a message that should resonate with today's world concerning acceptance and courage."[58] Hugh Armitage of Digital Spy said, "The Greatest Showman is a broad and solid crowd-pleaser. An undemanding spectacle for all the family."[59] Alan Jones of the Radio Times called it "A joyously uplifting potpourri of visual resplendence, stylish choreography and solid gold magic, one engineered to approximate the lavish spectacle the movie musical once offered."[60]

Sheila O'Malley of gave it 3.5/4, stating "The Greatest Showman is an unabashed piece of pure entertainment punctuated by memorable songs."[61] Douglas Davidson of CLTure called the film, "An undeniable spectacle with a infectious soundtrack, a movie that dazzles and delights."[62] James Berardinelli of ReelViews gave the film a 3/4 score, and said, "The film has show-stopping well-choreographed numbers with catchy tunes,"[63] and Calvin Wilson of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch called the film "highly enjoyable."[64]

Carl Kozlowski of Pasadena Weekly gave the film an 'A', calling it "Groundbreaking & grandly innovative."[65] Sean P. Means of The Salt Lake Tribune gave The Greatest Showman 3.5/4 stars, stating, "A strong cast give emotional power to this romanticized, tune-filled biography."[66] Manuela Lazic of Little White Lies gave it 4/5, saying, "The Greatest Showman deserves to become a Christmas classic. The film's severe romanticism and ridiculous but affecting enthusiasm make it irresistibly life-affirming."[67] Pete Hammond of Deadline Hollywood gave the film 4 out of 5 stars and called it, "A fantasia of song and dance, a joyous exercise in pure entertainment that is made for the holiday crowd."[68]

Conversely, Mick LaSalle of the San Francisco Chronicle gave the film a negative review, criticizing the songs and characters and saying "There's idiotic, and there's magnificent, but The Greatest Showman is that special thing that happens sometimes. It's magnificently idiotic. It's an awful mess, but it's flashy. The temptation is to cover your face and watch it through your fingers, because it's so earnest and embarrassing and misguided—and yet it's well made."[69] In a negative review for The Hollywood Reporter, David Rooney wrote "This ersatz portrait of American big-top tent impresario P. T. Barnum is all smoke and mirrors, no substance. It hammers pedestrian themes of family, friendship and inclusivity while neglecting the fundaments of character and story."[70]

Writing for Rolling Stone, Peter Travers gave the film 1.5 out of 4 stars, saying, "How do you cast a virtuoso Hugh Jackman as P. T. Barnum, spare no expense in production values, add a score by Oscar and Tony winners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul and still end up with the shrill blast of nothing that is The Greatest Showman? Ask first-time director Michael Gracey, who cut his teeth on commercials and music videos without ever mastering the crucial knack of building snippets of musical comedy and drama into a satisfying whole."[71] Justin Chang of the Los Angeles Times wrote that the film's failures "are rooted in something deeper: a dispiriting lack of faith in the audience's intelligence, and a dawning awareness of its own aesthetic hypocrisy. You've rarely seen a more straight-laced musical about the joys of letting your freak flag fly."[72]

The film has been criticized for whitewashing Barnum's life and his perpetuation of human zoos as a form of entertainment.[73]


Award Date of ceremony Category Nominee(s) Result Ref(s)
AARP's Movies for Grownups Awards February 5, 2018 Best Grownup Love Story The Greatest Showman Won [74][75]
Academy Awards March 4, 2018 Best Original Song "This Is Me" – Benj Pasek and Justin Paul Nominated [76][77]
American Music Awards October 9, 2018 Favorite Soundtrack The Greatest Showman Nominated [78]
Casting Society of America January 18, 2018 Big Budget – Comedy Bernard Telsey, Tiffany Little Canfield, Rori Bergman and Patrick Goodwin Won [79]
Costume Designers Guild February 20, 2018 Excellence in Period Film Ellen Mirojnick Nominated [80]
Critics' Choice Movie Awards January 11, 2018 Best Song "This Is Me" – Benj Pasek and Justin Paul Nominated [81]
Dorian Awards February 24, 2018 Campy Flick of the Year The Greatest Showman Nominated [82]
Empire Awards March 18, 2018 Best Costume Design The Greatest Showman Nominated [84]
Best Make-up And Hairstyling The Greatest Showman Nominated
Georgia Film Critics Association January 12, 2018 Best Original Song "This Is Me" – Benj Pasek and Justin Paul Nominated [86]
Golden Globe Awards January 7, 2018 Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy Hugh Jackman Nominated [87]
Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy The Greatest Showman Nominated
Best Original Song – Motion Picture "This Is Me" – Benj Pasek and Justin Paul Won
Golden Reel Awards February 18, 2018 Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing – Musical Jen Monnar, Jim Harrison, Jeff Carson, Peter Myles and Sheri Ozeki Won [88]
Grammy Awards February 10, 2019 Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media The Greatest Showman: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Won [89]
Best Song Written for Visual Media "This Is Me" – Benj Pasek and Justin Paul Nominated
Guild of Music Supervisors Awards February 8, 2018 Best Music Supervision for Film: Budgeted Over 25 Million Dollars Benj Pasek and Justin Paul Nominated [90]
Best Song/Recording Created for a Film "This Is Me" – Benj Pasek and Justin Paul Nominated
Heartland Film Festival December 31, 2017 Truly Moving Picture Award Michael Gracey Won [91]
Kids' Choice Awards March 24, 2018 Favorite Movie The Greatest Showman Nominated [92]
Favorite Movie Actress Zendaya Won
Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild February 24, 2018 Feature Motion Picture: Best Period and/or Character Makeup Nicki Ledermann, Tania Ribalow and Sunday Englis Nominated [93]
Saturn Awards June 27, 2018 Best Action or Adventure Film The Greatest Showman Won [94][95]
Best Costume Design Ellen Mirojnick Nominated
Best Music John Debney and Joseph Trapanese Nominated
Teen Choice Awards August 12, 2018 Choice Breakout Movie Star Keala Settle Nominated [96]
Choice Collaboration "Rewrite the Stars" – Zac Efron and Zendaya Won
Choice Drama Movie The Greatest Showman Won
Choice Drama Movie Actor Zac Efron Won
Hugh Jackman Nominated
Choice Drama Movie Actress Zendaya Won
Choice Liplock Zac Efron and Zendaya Nominated
Choice Movie Ship Zac Efron and Zendaya Won
Choice Pop Song "This Is Me" – Keala Settle Nominated

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