BWW Review: THE ART & MAKING OF THE GREATEST SHOWMAN is a Beautiful and Intriguing Book
The Greatest Showman, the exciting holiday blockbuster from Twentieth Century Fox Films is now in theatres nationwide. With a superstar cast including Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, and Michelle Williams, this musical celebration of the legendary P.T. Barnum is destined to be one of the season's most treasured movies.
Weldon Owen Publishers has released a stunningly beautiful and intriguing companion book for the film, "The Art & Making of The Greatest Showman" with a foreword by Michael Gracey and text by Signe Bergstrom. Every page of this book is exciting, informative and a perfect complement to the movie.
This lavish book contains hundreds of brilliant full color photos and never before seen images that includes film set photography and concept art. It is a thrilling volume for movie buffs, filmmakers, historians, art lovers, and many more. It makes a perfect coffee table book.
The Greatest Showman took seven years of pre-production, planning and development. We love that "The Art & Making of The Greatest Showman" takes you behind the scenes and includes insightful personal interviews from the exceptionally talented, dedicated cast and crew that made it all happen.
In the book, Director Michael Gracey states, "Getting a script right is a challenge unto itself." He continues, "In a narrative sense, in musical theatre, you need to be able to tell as story through song. That's the trait of musical theater. But For the Greatest Showman, I also wanted those hooks that you have in pop songs where a tune just gets stuck in your head. And so, if musical theater is here and pop music is there, we wanted to sit somewhere in the middle...Balance was everything."
Moviegoers and music lovers will be delighted by the film's original score written by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. The book contains the lyrics to the fabulous musical numbers that includes "Come Alive" and "From Now On."
The book also has commentary by Hugh Jackman. He speaks of the legendary man he portrays in the film. "Barnum is what we would describe now as a disruptor, an outlier. He thought life was about fun, imagination, hard work. Think of his quote, 'Life is what you choose to make it.'"
"The Art & Making of The Greatest Showman" is a book that is truly magical as you discover all the research, creativity, and meticulous endeavor that went into making a film about one of the world's most fascinating circus shows and the infamous man behind it, P.T. Barnum. This is a book that will be a treasured keepsake.
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Photo Credit: The Art and Making of The Greatest Showman, Published by Weldon Owen, By Signe Bergstrom, Foreword by Michael Gracey