Music Break – The fabulous songs from The Greatest Showman (2017)

I can’t believe I hadn’t done a Music Break post on The Greatest Showman since it’s been released three years ago. I’ve been listening to its songs over and over, and it’s truly one of my absolute favorite musicals in the past decade.

Interesting Trivia – courtesy of Screen Rant and IMDb:

  • The musical grossed over $400 million worldwide against an $84 million budget.
  • This film was a dream project for Hugh Jackman since 2009.
  • Jackman did extensive research for the film–reading dozens of books about Barnum, long hours of dance rehearsals, and singing – lots and lots of singing! When asked what was the hardest movie to prepare for compared to Logan, Jackman actually said it was hands down this movie!
  • The film features eleven new songs written by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, the Academy Award winning lyricists of La La Land (2016).
  • From early on in pre-production 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. As Pasek said, “The choice was to express not just the characters’ feelings, but also how ahead of his time P.T. Barnum was. He wasn’t bound by the world in which he lived; he wanted to create one.”

Ok so here are 5 of my favorite songs featured in the film:

Tightrope

Right from the first moment I heard it, I just fell in love with this song. The scene is so beautiful but also heartbreaking as Charity is lamenting on her husband being away with the opera singer Jenny Lind and that success actually drives him away from their family.

This curtain scene is so exquisitely done… and oh so heartbreaking!

I LOVE Michelle Williams‘ singing voice! In an interview with New Zealand Herald, she said:

I find that singing and dancing is a direct path to joy. And I just wanted more of it, that’s why I wanted to make the film. Singing is natural for me. I don’t know if I’m the greatest in the world at it, but I just love it!

A Million Dreams

Though Ellis Rubin played young P.T. Barnum in the movie, it’s actually Ziv Zaifman who provided the singing voice for  for this song which I think sounds fantastic. I love that in the second part of the song, it’s Hugh Jackman singing it as the adult Barnum, it adds such a wonderful dimension to the song.

Rewrite the Stars

One of my all-time favorite duet from a musical, perhaps beating Moulin Rouge!‘s Come What May (Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor) which was my fave for a long time. Zac Efron and Zendaya have a lovely chemistry and this duet as they’re swaying on a rope is such a showstopper scene that takes my breath away every time I watch it.

I read a bunch of articles how arduous it was for them to film the high-flying aerial stunts and the outtake video of them colliding mid-air. Props for the two actors and the entire filmmaking team for making the sequence look so effortless!

Never Enough

Rebecca Ferguson‘s voice was dubbed by Loren Allred. However, in order to get into the role, Ferguson insisted on singing the song in front of the extras while filming. She is actually Swedish, born in Stockholm, just like the character.

I love Ferguson’s passionate performance here, she absolutely sells me that she’s the greatest singer in the world. There’s also some intriguing intercuts in the scene depicting the tension in the relationship between Barnum and Charity, as well as Efron and Zendaya’s characters.

This Is Me

This is such a defiant, heartfelt anthem sung phenomenally by Keala Settle who played the the bearded lady Lettie Lutz. The rousing scene

According to Jackman, the film’s nine-year development process from conception to completion was, in part, due to studios’ unwillingness to take a risk on an original musical. What finally sold the deal at 20th Century Fox was this Oscar-nominated song This is Me, which had literally been written by Pasek and Paul during the two-hour flight to the studio meeting where the film was green-lit.


Hope you enjoy this Music Break. If you’ve seen The Greatest Showman, which song(s) is your favorite?

10 thoughts on “Music Break – The fabulous songs from The Greatest Showman (2017)

  1. Easy, none of them. I’m sorry but I hate this film and I hate the songs in this film as it sounds like everything I hate about today’s music. I’m sorry but I really hated it.

    1. Ahahahaha! That’s ok man, we can’t all agree on everything. I absolute LOVE this music though I don’t really listen to contemporary music (I almost always listen to classical music in my car and soundtracks any other times), but hey if this music isn’t for you, that is totally ok 🙂

  2. I’ve never seen this film since I’m not into musicals. But I thought about watching it since the film is being used as demo for Dolby Atmos home theater sound by a lot of home theater experts. Many of the home theater geeks that I follow always raves about the movie’s soundtracks and it sounds awesome in Dolby Atmos. So I’ll eventually watch someday just hear how great it sounds on my home Dolby Atmos systems. Lol!

    1. Oh I bet this film would sound amazing in Dolby Atmos! I wish I had seen this movie on the big screen but as soon as I rented it I love it so much I bought the digital copy. Hope you enjoy this when you get around to seeing it, Ted!

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  4. I haven’t seen the movie but I won’t lie, I have Rewrite the Stars on my phone to listen to! 😀 It’s so beautiful. I also really like A Million Dreams. My daughters’ school had them sing it in 1st grade. So adorable.

    1. Oh you should watch the movie, Sara! I think you’d enjoy it. The love stories are really sweet actually, and the songs fits wonderfully to each scene. The trapeze in Rewrite The Stars is pure magic!!

      Awww the school kids singing A Million Dreams has got to be so adorable, but I’m not too fond of Pink’s rendition, I much prefer the one in the film.

  5. Oh, I love this movie so much! I listen to the soundtrack a lot, it’s one of those rare ones where I actually love every single song rather than just a handful. My favourite changes all the time but recently it’s been From Now On. It doesn’t matter how many times I listen to it, the energy of the ending gets me emotional.

    1. You’re so right! Practically every song in the soundtrack is great. Hugh Jackman is the quintessential showman, he’s simply amazing in this movie but I also love most of the cast here, esp. the actresses… Rebecca Ferguson, Michelle Williams and Zendaya are all fantastic!

      I just listened to From Now On again… ohhh it’s such an emotional song, definitely a good one!

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