Top 5 Performances From ‘The Greatest Showman’
There’s a reason why “The Greatest Showman” soundtrack was dubbed the best selling soundtrack of 2018 and became the longest running soundtrack in 50 years. Actually, there are five reasons in this article.
The music produced for “The Greatest Showman” was written by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul.
For a storyline that was set in the 1850s, these musical performances were so modern, which made them fun to watch and sing along with!
#5 – Come Alive
“Come Alive” is about setting yourself free, despite the nasty opinions of others.
This song was sung by Hugh Jackman when P.T. Barnum encourages his circus performers to not let the opinions and looks of others bother them. He wants them to embrace their uniqueness, and own it.
“I see it in your eyes
You believe that lie that you need to hide your face
Afraid to step outside
So you lock your door
But don’t you stay that way”
He also preached to the audience to be open minded.
#4 – From Now On
After a fire burned down the circus museum, after his family left him, and after the singer he discovered quit, P.T. Barnum sat and thought about what was going to happen next.
At a bar with his circus performers, they remind him that the circus is their family, a family who loved them when their own rejected them.Then, Barnum begins to reflect on the greatness that came from this show–the joy, the magic, the entertainment–and remembers what it was all for.
A little inspiration is ignited and a song is sung. That song is “From Now On” which is absolutely one of my favorite performances in this movie.
From the music, to the lyrics, to the choreography, to the message, this performance is full of so many great things.
The lyrics in this song outline the dilemma that is going on at this point of the story. Barnum sings:
“I saw the sun begin to dim
And felt that winter wind
A man learns who is there for him
When the glitter fades and the walls won’t hold
‘Cause from then
Can only be what’s true
If all was lost
‘Cause it led me back
In this opening, Barnum realized who was there for him when everything around him was going up in flames (literally).
In the chorus Barnum sings. “From now on, these eyes will not be blinded by the lights” Throughout the movie, Barnum was shooting for the stars but was forgetting about all that he had along the way which led to his downfall. “The lights” that he was blinded by were probably the camera lights, the stage lights, any lights involved in fame that would no longer appeal to him.
As the song progresses, the cast of the circus joins in, singing the chorus followed by “and we will come back home, home again.” I get immediate chills. This represents Barnum coming back to focus on his performers and the circus rather than branching off and abandoning them for something different, and going back to his family, picking up where they left off.
Aside from the lyrics and the singing, we have to acknowledge the choreography. These dancers make this choreography look so easy! It’s not, believe me, I tried. The choreography is high energy and involves partners and moves body hasn’t been able to do in a long time.
Not only are they moving at a fast pace, they’re singing too! It really is just fascinating and deserves this praise.
Something to note the next time you watch this, keep an eye on the chick with the big white wig! She’s amazing!
#3 – This Is Me
“I am brave, I am bruised, I am who I’m meant to be, this is me”
“This Is Me” became a chart topper anthem! A song about self-acceptance is crucial in a cold world. We experience this in the movie because society isn’t nice to people who are different, especially “circus freaks.”
The circus cast experienced plenty of hate throughout their lives, but it really stings when Barnum shuns them away from a high-end event.
That’s when Keala Settle, the actress and vocalist who plays bearded lady, Lettie Lutz belts out one of the best songs ever made.
In “The Greatest Showman” featurette, director Michael Gracey and Keala Settle recall the first time she ever performed the song in front of everyone involved in a movie.
“There was a moment in the song that I actually was so scared, that I had to actually grab Hugh’s [Jackman] hand so that I had somebody to hold on to,” Keala said. “And then we got to the end of the number, and all I remember is just deafening, deafening applause.”
Little did they know “This Is Me” was going to make such an impact. It was nominated for five major awards and won a Golden Globe for “Best Original Song.”
#2 – The Greatest Show
“The Greatest Show” sung by Hugh Jackman, Keala Settle, Zac Efron, and Zendaya, was the opening and closing number of the movie.
This grungey, raw, bass heavy song really roped me into this movie, from then on I knew the musical numbers in this movie were going to be amazing and very modern.
#1 – Rewrite The Stars
There are so many things I love about this performance. It’s one of the most symbolic performances in the movie.
This song is performed right after Phillip Carlyle (Zac Efron) experiences racism from his parents toward his girlfriend Anne Wheeler (Zendaya).
This song represents their “forbidden love” storyline, and defines the difficulties they’ll have to face together as a couple, but it’s up to them to rewrite the stars.
What makes this performance super special is the acrobatic techniques both Zendaya and Zac Efron had to learn. Although their stuntmen were involved, some parts are really them.
“Rewrite the Stars” is where Anne Wheeler shows Phillip Carlyle the ropes (pun intended) in an aerial performance. Since she’s an acrobat, she shows him a part of her world. This goes hand in hand with the racial remarks from his parents because that too is a part of her world. If they’re together, it’s something he will have to witness.
“All I want is to fly with you
All I want is to fall with you
So just give me all of you
It feels impossible (it’s not impossible)
Is it impossible?
Say that it’s possible”
This performance does a fantastic job at representing their relationship, that no matter the highs and lows, they will make it together.