Rumor: ‘The Greatest Showman’ musical in production for UK
Originally published in 2017, The greatest showman was a massive hit, grossing $434.9 million against an $84 million budget. The musical, which stars Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, Michelle Williams, Rebecca Ferguson and Zendaya, follows the story of how PT Barnum created the Barnum & Bailey Circus.
The film was nominated for three Golden Globes, including Best Original Song (“It’s me”), which was also nominated for an OSCAR in the same category. The film was not without criticism, with most complaints centering on the film’s historical inaccuracies, particularly the portrayal of PT Barnum (Jackman) as an inspirational figure rather than a trickster like his real-life counterpart.
Due to its popularity, The greatest showman technically never left theaters and remains a common selection for drive-ins and musical movie nights. Its enduring success also led to speculation as to whether a stage adaptation would ever be produced, but nothing concrete ever came of these discussions. But Shaun Tossel at Theater Fan shared the news that a musical adaptation is in development.
Tossel, whose previous scoops include the filming of Six: The Musical and the announcement of The beauty and the Beast UK Tour, both of which were later officially announced, revealed that a major UK director was being courted to develop the show for a UK premiere.
No further information has been revealed yet, but we can probably expect original songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul to return and write new songs for the adaptation.
Source: Shaun Tossel (theater fan)