After winning the oscar for penning La La Lands lyrics and the tony award for composing the broadway hit dear evan hansen, benj pasek and Justin Paul are taking on the big top in the movie musical P.T. Barnum biopic the greatest showman out Dec 20 from 20th century Fox. In the songwriting contender race the returning oscar champs 11 original songs in the movie from spectacular group numbers to empowering ballads will face off against new numbers from disney beauty and the beast by alan menken and tim rice along with tunes from notable music industry crooners including ryan tedder an inconvenient sequel sufjan stevens call me by your name and sara bareilles battle of the sexes.
The duo both 32 took a break from rehearsals of fox tvs live musical a christmas story starring maya rudolph and matthew broderick and airing dec 17 to talk about some of their 11 new songs for greatest showman pushing hugh jackman limits and writing a duet for zac efron and zendaya that literally soars onscreen. It’s a story that exists in this fantastical larger than life world. P.T. barnum was a man who was not defined by the world that he lived in her was really a dreamer and wanted the world to exist not as it is but what it could be. when a character is so inspired is so inspired that they can’t just speak their emotions the world provides a justification for why singing can exist to express these outsized emotions. And a story with an entertainer at the center naturaly lends itself to a bit of spectacle.
We were of course intimidated because he such a master of musical theater especially onscreen. But we were also inspired to write for a lead character that will be portaryed by hugh with all of his abilities and his vocal rang and everything. IT gives a songwriter such clear parameters of a playground and with hugh and with hugh its a really big one.
La La Land Songwriting Duo Created Song For PT Barnum Biopic Greatest Showman,