The Greatest Showman is a perfect movie musical but these behind the scenes rehearsals are what moved me to tears!
Just so you know, when I watched the The Greatest Showman videos below, I cried. Not because the music was that moving (it was) or that the voices were that good (they were); I cried because of how the music moved those performing. When you’re a professional singer, you sing songs all the time but they don’t always speak to you the way they speak to an audience. When a performer really connects to the music, the audience gets to witness a kind of magic that is unexplainable.
If you’re a musical fan, you need to get to the theater right away and watch The Greatest Showman. It is the movie-musical genre at it’s best and if you’re not sure what to expect, check out the trailer at the very end of the post. But before you rush out to the theater (or if you’ve already gone) you need to check out these rehearsal session videos of the songs From Now On and This Is Me.
“I am brave, I am bruised, I am who I’m meant to be, this is me.”
In the first video, Hugh Jackman explains that, due to the removal of cancerous cells near his nose, he was unable to sing at a very important workshop session. Jackman still showed up and silently acted as renowned Broadway star Jeremy Jordan (also known for tv’s Supergirl and, formerly, the musical series Smash) stepped up to sing in Jackman’s place. Like a good patient, Jackman followed his doctor’s advice until one particular number moved him to, quite literally, burst into song.
The second video features a song that, on it’s own, has the power to move mountains. This is Me is an anthem for anyone who has ever felt pushed aside or out of place… so basically EVERYONE! Keala Settle is a talent whose voice has no boundaries and what happened when she stepped out from behind the music stand was simply spectacular.
And if you’re still clueless (how?!), here is the trailer: