A 2017 movie musical starring Hugh Jackman as circus mogul P.T. Barnum, The Greatest Showman features original songs by the writing team of Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. Earlier the same year, the duo took home a Tony Award for their score for Best Musical winner Dear Evan Hansen, as well as an Oscar for their lyrics to La La Land's "City of Stars." Despite being set in the mid-19th century, The Greatest Showman's songs are pure contemporary theater-pop, delivered by a cast that also includes Michelle Williams, Zac Efron, Broadway powerhouse Keala Settle, and Disney Channel alum-turned-Top 40 artist Zendaya. All provide rousing performances of anthemic material about overcoming odds that include the Settle-led ensemble piece "This Is Me" and Efron and Zendaya's "Rewrite the Stars." Also delivering the vocal goods is Loren Allred, who did the singing for Rebecca Ferguson's portrayal of real-life opera singer Jenny Lind -- also represented in pop-diva style here. The soundtrack went on to top not only the soundtrack chart but the Billboard 200.
AllMusic Review by Marcy Donelson