Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Film in Cinemas /the Greatest Showman

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Film in Cinemas /the Greatest Showman

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Michael Gracey directs a showstopping musical about the rise of one of the great figures of modern showbusiness, accompanied by original songs composed by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, who won this year's Oscar for their exemplary work on La La Land.

As a boy, lowly tailor's son PT Barnum (Ellis Rubin) falls head over heels in love with Charity Hallett (Skylar Dunn), who comes from a wealthy family that looks down upon PT and his clan.

Regardless, romance blossoms and PT (now played by Hugh Jackman) asks for the hand in marriage of Charity (Michelle Williams), who doesn't care about the riches offered by her parents.

The couple raise two daughters, Caroline (Austyn Johnson) and Helen (Cameron Seely), and PT vows to provide for his family by establishing a museum of living curiosities including bearded lady Lettie Lutz (Keala Settle), dwarf Charles Stratton (Sam Humphrey) and high-flying trapeze siblings WD and Anne Wheeler (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Zendaya). …

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