Ladies and gentlemen, in 2017 Michael Gracey directed the movie The Greatest Showman. Along with the movie, a soundtrack was also released of all the songs performed in the film.
Michael Gracey’s The Greatest Showman featured an outstanding soundtrack of music performed by artists like Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, Zendaya, and many more. With a duration of 40 minutes, the soundtrack takes you through the most iconic moments of the film. It takes you from Barnum as a child through Barnum’s U.S. tour With an average of 3 minutes and 35 seconds per song, this soundtrack makes the most of its short time.
“The Greatest Show”
As the opening song on the soundtrack, “The Greatest Show” needs to set the pace and it did just that. It is performed by Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, Zendaya, and Keala Settle. They really hit home when they sing, “Impossible comes true, intoxication' you.”. Since this circus was one of a kind , Barnum made it a place where people were able to see the impossible come true. He showed things so amazing, you’d think you were intoxicated.
“A Million Dreams”
This song is performed by actor Ziv Zaifman who fills the role of the young actor Ellis Rubin. The song takes you through young P.T. Barnum’s life. He plans to have a very eventful life filled with everything that he can call his very own. While the song progresses Michelle Williams, playing the part of Mr. Barnum’s love interest, expresses how she would want nothing more but to join him on his adventures through life. She sings, “However big, however small, let me be part of it all. Share your dreams with me.” Beautiful, I must admit.
“Come Alive” plays a really significant part in the movie, setting the scene for the actual making and recruiting part of the actual circus. “Come Alive” is the most inspirational of the songs on the soundtrack, encouraging the listener to continue to follow their greatest dreams and to continue to “dream with your eyes wide open.” With such powerful words, one would assume that it would be backed up with a meaningful scene. As the song goes on, the circus becomes more and more of what we know of one today introducing acts like the bearded woman, a midget, and even a very hairy gentleman.
“The Other Side”
“The Other Side” gives life to the conversation between actors Zac Efron and Hugh Jackman who both have main roles on the circus. Barnum, played by Jackman, is attempting to recruit Phillip Carlyle, played by Efron. With conversation heavy lyrics, it’s a bit difficult to get lost with what Barnum’s asking of Carlyle. In an attempt to get Carlyle to leave his very lavish lifestyle, he offers in exchange endless entertainment saying, “So trade that typical for something colorful.And if it's crazy, live a little crazy.” After a lot of sweet talking and an agreement of what percent of the show Carlyle will be taking because of course, a man has to make a living, Carlyle agrees to join Barnum at the circus and leave his more classy life behind.
Performed by Rebecca Ferguson, who plays Jenny Lind in the film. Never Enough shows how despite Barnum’s success with his circus, it’s “never enough” for him. She belts out, “Towers of gold are still too little, these hands could hold the world but it'll never be enough, never be enough.” Not only is her voice lovely but it is also complemented by an amazing orchestra of sounds. This soundtrack also provides a reprise version that plays later in the movie. This version of the song is after Burman realizes that he is needed back home instead of going on tour with his new act. This is Lind’s very last performance and appearance in the movie.
“This Is Me”
Definitely the most unique track on the soundtrack, “This Is Me” makes for a very inspirational song empowering those looked down upon in society and helps them with their flaws and turning them into something you should definitely be proud of. Singer Kiana Settle, who plays Lettie Lutz the bearded woman, uses her very wide range and powerful voice on the track to really get the message of empowerment across. Settle makes sure to use powerful lines to show her message like, ¨But I won't let them break me down to dust, I know that there's a place for us, for we are glorious.”
“Rewrite the Stars”
On this track Zac Efron and Zendaya, also known as Phillip Carlyle and Anne Wheeler, talk about how their social status may not allow them to be together. During the song, Carlyle is very optimistic about the direction of the possible relationship while Wheeler, on the other hand, is very pessimistic saying that since they are from very different origins, it is impossible society will allow them to be together. They both have expressed their feelings towards each other but believes that’s not enough to break what’s already written. They sing, “You know I want you
it's not a secret I try to hide. But I can't have you, we're bound to break and my hands are tied.” The song strongly expresses the powerful message that different backgrounds do not mean anything, nothing is set in stone.
Actress and vocalist Michelle Williams, better known as Charity Barnum, sing about her husband P.T. Barnum is away on tour with Jenny Lind instead of being home where the family is. In the song Mrs. Barnum reminds the listeners, especially Mr. Barnum, how crazy and action packed her life is. With such a great use of lyrics and instrumentals, “Tightrope” is a favorite song of mine. The lyrics really let you get a sense of how exciting living with the circus can be. “We're walking the tightrope never sure, never know how far we could fall. But it's all an adventure that comes with a breathtaking view, walking the tightrope with you.”
“From Now On”
Hugh Jackman gets another turn in the soundtrack with his sixth and arguably best appearance in the soundtrack. After P.T. Barnum loses the circus due to a fire, he thought it was all over. But for sure, his friends and family helped remind him what it was all really about. They do not let him forget about the reason for creating the circus in the first place. With a very slow introduction and soft voice, Jackman really gets into the emotional side of the song. As the song continues and the message of the song becomes a lot more evident, the background begins to pick it up. With The Greatest Showman Ensemble, there is more depth than one singer. The entire circus preaches the lesson learned by Barnum. “But when I stop and see you here, I remember who all this was for, and from now on these eyes will not be blinded by the lightsFrom now on, what's waited till tomorrow starts tonight it starts tonight. And let this promise in me start like an anthem in my heart.” Finding the words to implement this into a song not only is very impressive but also goes to show how important it was to for the writer to include such lyrics.
Overall, The Greatest Showman deserve the countless awards it received for moth the motion film and soundtrack. With a soundtrack so unique and filled with variety I am sure there will be something for every listener. Whether you watch the movie or not, you will fall in love with it in its entirety.