Almost a year on from the release of Michael Gracey’s barnum-storming The Greatest Showman, today sees the release of ‘The Greatest Showman: Reimagined’.
The largely critic-proof musical sensation amassed an impressive $435m at the global box office. Now, fans can relive the experience through a brand new A-list album of covers.
Pink, Missy Elliot and Panic at the Disco are among the big name artists who have been recruited to sing cover versions of Benj Pasek and Justin Paul’s insanely catchy songs from the film.
The original – Oscar nominated – soundtrack saw the film’s stars – Jackman! Settle! Efron! – belt out hits like ‘This is Me’, ‘A Million Dreams’ and ‘Rewrite the Stars’. Storming charts across the globe, the album has sold over 1.2m copies in the UK alone, where it’s certification is 4 x Platinum.
Whilst ‘Reimagined’ will be hoping to jump on that bandwagon, its producers are likely not expecting success on the same level. Kesha has teamed with Missy Elliot and Keala Settle to re-record ‘This is Me’ but it’s worth noting that her original recording of the track, released alongside the actual soundtrack, grossly underperformed.
Whereas the Settle version hit the UK top five, Kesha’s ‘This is Me’ failed to chart.
That said, the ‘Reimagined’ line-up is an enticing one.
Panic at the Disco have produced a take on ‘The Greatest Show’; Pink and her daughter Willow have tackled ‘A Million Dreams’; Years & Years have teamed with Jess Glynn for ‘Come Alive’; and Kelly Clarkson offers a new version of ‘Never Enough’.
On top of those, the record boasts James Arthur and Anne Marie duetting ‘Rewrite the Stars’, MAX and Ty Dolla Sign doing ‘The Other Side’, Sara Bareilles on ‘Tightrope’ and Zac Brown Band concluding with ‘From Now On’. And breathe.
There are even bonus tracks from Craig David and Pentatonix!
If the names aren’t enough to whet your appetite, this adorable behind the scenes featurette of Pink and her daughter in the recording studio, might well push you over the edge.
We can’t cope.