9 Facts You Need to Know About The Greatest Showman!

The Greatest Showman is one of the best musicals of all time! Here's what you need to know!

The Greatest Showman is a musical starring Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams, Zac Efron and Zendaya.

It tells the true story of the legendary circus ringmaster P.T. Barnum and the Swedish opera singer Jenny Lind and features one of the fantastic movie soundtracks ever recorded.

Whether you've seen it yet or a planning to in the near future, here are 9 awesome facts you absolutely, positively need to know right now!


1. Zendaya did all of her own trapeze stunts for the film!

It took her months of practice!

Zendaya in The Greatest Showman
Image by The Greatest Showman | 20th Century Fox

2. Hugh Jackman plays the real life PT Barnum

The ringmaster's initials stand for Phineas Taylor! 

He once said: "To me there is no picture so beautiful as smiling, bright-eyed, happy children; no music so sweet as their clear and ringing laughter!" 

He would have loved Beano!

PT Barnum and Hugh Jackman in The Greatest Showman
Image by Niko Tavernise | Getty and The Greatest Showman | 20th Century Fox

3. The original Barnum & Bailey Circus ran for 146 years in real life

...but it closed for good in 2017 :(

The Greatest Showman
Image by The Greatest Showman | 20th Century Fox

4. The singer Jenny Lind was a real person

She did a show with PT Barnum for a while

Jenny Lind and The Greatest Showman
Image by Niko Tavernise | Getty and The Greatest Showman | 20th Century Fox

5. Many of the costumes worn by the circus cast came from the real Barnum Circus!

We bet that made the wardrobe department's job a whole lot easier!

The Greatest Showman
Image by The Greatest Showman | 20th Century Fox

6. During the fire scene, some special effects got out of hand

The whole set burned down for real – Zac Efron was lucky not to be hurt

The Greatest Showman
Image by The Greatest Showman | IMDB

7. Rebecca Ferguson who plays opera singer Jenny Lind didn't actually sing in the movie!

Her voice is dubbed with a real life opera singer!

Rebecca Ferguson in The Greatest Showman
Image by The Greatest Showman | 20th Century Fox

8. Keala Settle who plays the bearded woman Lettie Lutz was covered in purple slime!

This was to make a cast for her make up!

Keala Settle was covered in purple slime
Image by kealasettle | instagram

9. Hugh Jackman wanted to make the movie for 7 years!

It took him that long to convince the big bosses that people wanted to see it!

Hugh Jackman wanted to make The Greatest Showman for 7 years
Image by The Greatest Showman | 20th Century Fox

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