Although The Greatest Showman came out a few months ago now, the film’s music has created a world I have become utterly lost in. From the stomping introduction of ‘The Greatest Show’ through the sensational ‘This is Me’ to the feel good and uplifting ‘From Now On’, I have searched the internet for anything even remotely related to the soundtrack. Whilst I have been swept away by emotional behind the scenes rehearsals and live performances I hope one day are developed into a full blow Broadway musical, it is the cleverly crafted medley by Todrick Hall that has become my new obsession.
Todrick Hall is the artist who can and nearly has done it all. Known as a music artist, director, dancer, choreographer, drag queen, youtuber and even had a starring role as Lola in Kinky Boots from November 2016 to March 2017. Collecting all these energies from his professions together, Todrick channels a lot of his talent into his Youtube channel, toderickhall, where he has over two million subscribers. It was here that I came across ‘4 The Greatest Showman by Todrick Hall’, a five-and-a-half-minute video starring Todrick and Todrick alone playing four separate variations of characters from The Greatest Showman. With such talent and artistic vision, it’s no wonder he has been able to successfully splice together and condense the movie’s soundtrack but still hold the same captivation the full blown musical experience has. Medleys are a brilliant way to honour great music in a short amount of time, as proven by possibly the ultimate love song, ‘Elephant Love Medley’ from Moulin Rouge!, created from taking samples and inspiration from some of the greatest love songs of all time. Todrick’s The Greatest Showman medley gives beautiful covers of ‘Never Enough’ and ‘Rewrite the Stars’ whilst mixing together other songs like ‘Come Alive’, ‘The Greatest Show’ and ‘The Other Side.’
Listen to the medley and watch the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J0qVT_PMhnY
The way the songs are blended and follow one another, jumping to different points within the movie but still managing to sound so seamless really highlights the attention that was paid to each track during it’s creation. Todrick’s medley contains all the elements of the individual songs and brings them together, taking you on the same uplifting emotional journey the movie does.
Review by Skye W. Winwood