The greatest show on Earth will be coming at you this Christmas when Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, Michelle Williams and Zendaya sing their way into theaters for their new musical drama The Greatest Showman. The movie will tell the story of how P. T. Barnum (Jackman) started the Barnum & Bailey Circus and we finally have our first listen to the film’s ensemble song “The Greatest Show” and let me tell you, it is straight fire!
Even though the movie will be taking place in the late 1800s/early 1900s, the music is anything but dated. “The Greatest Show” is a fun, upbeat and powerful number reminiscent to “You Will Be Found” from Dear Evan Hansen. Hugh Jackman takes the lead, but expect to hear some awesome solos by Keala Settle (around the 3-minute mark) and Zac Efron ( 3:54 mark) as well!
The reason it may sound reminiscent to Dear Evan Hansen is because the original music was written by the same team of Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, known together as Pasek and Paul. The two have also had original songs in the TV show Smash and most recently they wrote the lyrics for La La Land, where they ended up taking home the Academy Award for “City of Stars”. So, in addition to this first number being an absolute standout, it’s safe to say that the rest of the music will be just as fantastic!
Take a listen and prepare to be amazed! It is also available to stream on Spotify and Apple Music.
The Greatest Showman will be hitting theaters on Christmas Day and you will not want to miss it!
Check out the trailer below:
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