If you haven’t, you’re in luck because sing-along screenings of the Hugh Jackman musical open in theaters today. Playing in 300 theaters across the country, the sing-along version displays the songs’ lyrics on the screen, allowing the audience to harmonize along with Jackman and co-stars Zac Efron, Michelle Williams, Zendaya and Keala Settle.
The film, inspired by the life of P.T. Barnum, has been a surprise hit with moviegoers since its release around Christmas, earning an “A” grade on Cinemascore and raking in $81 million at the box office.
The music, from “La La Land” and “Dear Evan Hansen” songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Pauhas, has been an even bigger hit. The soundtrack has spent two weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart and has four singles (“This Is Me,” “Rewrite the Stars,” “Never Enough” and “The Greatest Show”) on Billboard’s Hot 100. “This Is Me,” performed in the film by Settle with a pop version by Kesha, recently won Best Original Song at the Golden Globes.
“The Greatest Showman” sing-along is now playing at Regal Richmond Town Square and Cinemark theaters in Valley View and Macedonia. The star-studded soundtrack to the film The Greatest Showman has topped the charts this week.
The collection of songs from the period drama musical film, which stars Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, Michelle Williams and Zendaya, has pushed previous chart-topper Divide by Ed Sheeran into second place.
Jackman, Efron, Williams and Zendaya all contribute to the album, which has become the first motion picture cast recording to reach number one since the La La Land soundtrack triumphed in February last year.The evidence so impressively stacked up in “The People v. O.J. Simpson” was overwhelming. The conclusion was as obvious as it was inescapable. FX’s first “American Crime Story” season would be one incredibly tough act to follow.
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They told OfficialCharts.com: “The universal themes of inclusion and acceptance are what inspired every song on the soundtrack, and we couldn’t be more proud of everyone involved.”
They added: “Also … does this mean we’ll get an invite to Harry and Meghan’s wedding?! Fingers crossed! Truly, we are blown away and could not be more excited.”
Pasek and Paul wrote the majority of the songs on the La La Land soundtrack, and they won an Oscar for the film’s City Of Stars last year.
Three of The Greatest Showman’s tracks are also in the Official Singles Chart this week: This Is Me is at number 16, The Greatest Show is at 23 and Efron and Zendaya duet Rewrite The Stars is at number 26.Sheeran’s album is currently at number two, and Sam Smith’s The Thrill Of It All is at number three.
Rag’n’Bone Man’s Human is at number four and Revival by Eminem completes the top five.
Sheeran has, however, achieved his sixth week at number one on the singles chart with Perfect.
Eminem’s River, on which Sheeran also appears, is at number two, while Rita Ora’s Anywhere has rebounded to number three.
Barking by rapper Ramz is at number four and Clean Bandit’s I Miss You is in fifth place this week.After breaking into the top 10 last week, The Greatest Showman soundtrack has risen all the way to No. 1 across the pond, becoming the rare chart-topping soundtrack in the country. This time last week, The Greatest Showman was sitting comfortably at No. 4, certifying it as a successful release, but with a profile that seems to be rising all the time and several songs also performing well, it’s no surprise that the title grew in popularity.
The soundtrack was created entirely by songwriting duo Pasek & Paul, who have quickly become perhaps the most sought-after team in Hollywood (all forms of entertainment, really) when it comes to original music. The two collected an Academy Award last year for crafting the song “City of Stars” from La La Land (another film that featured competitions solely by the two), and they also have a Tony to their names thanks to Dear Evan Hansen. They are currently Grammy nominees for their work on that musical film, and they have a good chance of winning when the awards air later this month.