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The Greatest Showman: Review and Critic

Marimee Jules, Staff Writer

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This is truly the Greatest Show! On December 8, 2017 The Greatest Showman was premiered in theatres across the nation with rushing crowds anxious to see it. The musical/ film is based on a famous ringmaster by the name of P.T. Barnum who revolutionized the way people see people that may appear strange and unusual by celebrating their uniqueness through talent, and theatrical performances. Critics from the New York Times, and Time Magazine are saying that The Greatest Showman has ingredients of a “splashy good time,” and “I urge you to give it a chance.”
Taybean Clay a student here at Riverton High says that, “The singing and the choreography was was very well done. I give it a four out of five stars!”
The duo Benj Pasek and Justin Paul that  worked on La La Land created the composition for The Greatest Showman creating an upbeat, hopeful, and inspiring  soundtrack. The choreographer Ashley Wallen choreographed all the routines for this film by getting precise measurements of the surface they are working on so that every dancer is in what he described as the “perfect” spot. Using props and lifts he was able to give the audience a sense of wonder and imagination.
Eliza Hall, another student, has also said that, “I loved the soundtrack and how the story line was easy to follow. The different subplots provided tons of emotional perspective.”

A first time director by the name of Michael Gracey worked a script that was provided by famous writers (Jenny Bicks and Bill Condon) wanted to to provide his actors plenty of opportunity to sing and to portray their stories and emotions behind every musical number.
What seems to really resonate with people is Jenny Lend, the famous opera singer’s musical number “Never Enough” which seemed to be Hugh Jackman as P.T. Barnum vice throughout the film.

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