The Greatest Showman on Broadway

Nathalie Sibal, Co-Copy Editor


After a disappointing opening day on Dec. 20, The Greatest Showman made a spontaneous international box office recovery over the past few weeks. Fans all over the world have expressed their love for the musical’s inspiring and heartwarming story. Due to the film’s success, 20th Century Fox chairman-CEO Stacey Snider reveals there have been talks about a Broadway adaptation.


Adrian Soto, 11, shares his opinion on the possibility of The Greatest Showman coming to Broadway.


“I think it would be a good idea because the movie was amazing and having it in Broadway as a musical will give it a different flare which might draw new people in,” Soto said. “However, I do feel that it would extinguish the flame of the movie as Hugh Jackman and the writers felt The Greatest Showman was meant to be watched in the movie theaters above all else. Maybe they will have a change of viewpoint if there was a Broadway adaptation.”


The Greatest Showman would not have risen to fame without the lyricists Benj Pasek and Justin Paul who are known for writing lyrics to La La Land and Dear Evan Hansen.  The soundtrack received outstanding reviews from critics and has topped numerous charts; including the United Kingdom charts where they stayed at number one for four weeks. Fans praised the songs for their upbeat energy and empowering lyrics.


Ashley Arizmendi, 11, reveals what song she would love to see performed live on stage.


“I think the song that I would love to see on Broadway is ‘Rewrite the Stars,’” Arizmendi said. “I’m curious to see how they would do the trapeze scene with the actors on Broadway live versus in the movie.”


Certain members of the cast have already performed in live musicals. Hugh Jackman received a Tony award for his role as Peter Allen in The Boy from Oz. Keala Settle was given a Tony nomination for her performance as Norma Valverde in Hands on a Hardbody. Michelle Williams played Sally Bowles in a Studio 54 adaptation of the iconic musical Cabaret. Their experience opens up the potential of using original cast members in the show.


Edward Haro, 11, believes that the possible Broadway adaptation should give the roles to other performers.


“I like the cast in the movie, but they should hire different actors,” Haro said.  “Give other people a chance to play the roles and, who knows, maybe they’ll do it better. Also, I think it would be hard to get all the original cast because, you know, they got other movies.”


Although a live version of The Greatest Showman appeals to numerous fans, it can be a difficult process. Transferring a film to a Broadway production takes years of hard work and extensive planning. The public tends to shift their attention in the blink of an eye, which could lead to a loss of interest once the adaptation debuts. The project would need great support from both their fans and general audience.


Nicolas Gonzales, 11, has complete faith in The Greatest Showman production.


“I do see them going through the idea,” Gonzales said.  “It would be very easy to make it a Broadway show since most of the songs and the choreography is all done.”

According to Snider, the idea has only been pitched and discussed. There has been no further announcements regarding the Broadway adaptation. The Greatest Showman, starring Hugh Jackman (P.T. Barnum), Michelle Williams (Charity Barnum), Rebecca Ferguson (Jenny Lind), Zendaya Coleman (Anne Wheeler), Zac Efron (Phillip Carlyle) and Keala Settle (Lettie Lutz), is still out in theaters today. The film’s soundtrack can be found in stores, iTunes, and music streaming services.