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P.T. Barnum : The Musical

The Greatest Showman : Movie review.


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Inspired by the imagination of P. T. Barnum, The Greatest Showman is an original musical that celebrates the birth of show business & tells of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation.

Born into poverty and the son of a tailor, Barnum has a lot on his plate. He must grapple with the death of his father, the disdain of his father-in-law and the ongoing demands of providing for his family.

But he’s determined to prove himself to them—and to the world. And that means thinking outside the box.

What one person might consider a calamity, for instance, Barnum views as an opportunity. After he’s laid off from his job, Barnum opens a museum. Not just any ol’ museum, mind you. This one specializes in wax figures, preserved rarities and all things … odd. Still, Barnum’s daughters think it needs something with even more ticket-selling pizzazz—something alive and human. Like, say, a bearded woman. Or a brother-sister trapeze duo. Or a grown man who’s just a few feet tall.

According to Barnum, “a man’s station is limited only to his imagination.” So imagine he does.

But while the showman’s family and his newfound performers benefit from his creativity, not everyone is enthralled with his idea of a “circus.” Some of Barnum’s critics deride it as a “freak show.”

Will Barnum persevere in pursuing his eccentric-but-engaging vision of entertainment? Or will his rising fame and fortune blind the natural-born promoter to what truly matters in life? The Greatest Showman unpacks the answers to those questions in a musical that invites audiences to step behind the curtain of P.T. Barnum’s remarkable life

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