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Barnum

P(hineas) T(aylor). 1810--91, US showman, who created The Greatest Show on Earth (1871) and, with J. A. Bailey, founded the Barnum and Bailey Circus (1881)
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Barnum later set up a variety troupe and developed a museum which eventually led to an alternating series of live acts and curiosities.
In his mind, Barnum adhered to the saying, 'There's no such thing as bad publicity.
If The Greatest Showman reveals anything to us in this post-truth era, it's that a man with a gift for hyperbole - Phineas Taylor Barnum - could also be inclusive, loyal to friends, and essentially honest in his dealings.
was selected by the Barnum Museum to help bring this special event to life.
Barnum also enlists the help of Phillip Carlyle (Efron), a suave member of high society who falls in love not just with the show, but with one of its beautiful performers.
Barnum once professed, "The noblest art is making others happy".
Jackman devoted years to bringing it to the screen and, in playing Barnum, embodies a creature of pure theatrical bravado.
Romance: Jackman with Michelle Williams as Charity Down in one: Zac Efron, with Jackman, plays a Lord of the ring: Hugh Jackman as PT Barnum
His forthcoming PT Barnum musical, The Greatest Showman, looks to be a timely celebration of outsiderness and inclusivity, with its bearded women, tattooed men, little people and conjoined twins.
Its greatest strength is in the casting of X-Men star Hugh Jackman as Barnum, and he fizzes with old school razzle dazzle in a role which maximises his talents.
Barnum dreams up a novel way to make money, via a museum of curiosities, complete with human attractions.
The repercussions of this domestic drama are predictable, but at least they do lead to a delightful redemptive scene (one of the movie's few pleasingly dreamlike moments), when Barnum uses an elephant as a New York taxi to make an appointment on time.