Opera House To Screen ‘The Greatest Showman’

FREDONIA — The next feature film in the Opera House Cinema Series is the popular musical “The Greatest Showman,” starring Hugh Jackman and Michelle Williams.” It will be screened on Saturday, March 17, and Tuesday, March 20, at 7:30 p.m.

Inspired by the story of P.T. Barnum (Jackman), the film follows the eccentric visionary who rose from nothing to create a mesmerizing spectacle. With music by Oscar- and Tony-winners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (“La La Land,” “Dear Evan Hansen”), this bold and original musical is filled with infectious show-stopping performances that will bring you to your feet time and time again.

One song, which has been widely received and was nominated for an Oscar, was introduced to audiences early through inclusion in the movie’s trailer. “This is Me” has become an anthem for the marginalized, disenfranchised, the bullied and the outcast. The song is key to a subplot in the movie involving Barnum’s showcase of human “oddities” (dismissed by critics as “freaks”) including a bearded lady played by Broadway singer-actress Keala Settle, who sings it. This film also stars Williams (as Barnum’s wife, Charity), Zac Efron, Rebecca Ferguson and Zendaya.

Leah Greenblatt, in Entertainment Weekly, calls the film “a lavish, candybox musical bursting with broad strokes, bright colors, and bearded ladies.” Sheila O’Malley, on RogerEbert.com, calls it “an unabashed piece of pure entertainment.” James Berardinelli, in ReelViews, calls it “a family film (with) infectious, crowd-pleasing song-and-dance numbers.” Brian Lowery, on CNN.com, says “the joy the performers exhibit is practically contagious!” Rated PG (for thematic elements including a brawl), “The Greatest Showman” runs one hour, 45 minutes.

The Opera House Cinema Series is sponsored by Lake Shore Savings Bank. Tickets are available at the door for $7 (adults), $6.50 (seniors & Opera House members) and $5 (students) the night of each screening. A book of 10 movie passes is available for $60 at the door or online at www.fredopera.org. Thanks to the generous support of an anonymous donor, the first 20 SUNY Fredonia students at each screening are admitted free. For more information, call the Opera House Box Office at 679-1891.

The Opera House is equipped with individualized closed captioning headsets for the deaf as well as with assistive listening headsets for the hearing-impaired. Simply request one from any usher or Opera House staff member.

The 1891 Fredonia Opera House is a member-supported not-for-profit performing arts center located in Village Hall in downtown Fredonia. For a complete schedule of events, visit www.fredopera.org.