Album: The Greatest Showman: Original Motion
Genre: Musical Theatre
Written by: Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
Produced by: Joseph Trapanese, Justin Paul
and Alex Lacamoire
‘A Million Dreams’ was written for the 2017 musical film The Greatest Showman. The song was performed by Ziv Zaifman, Hugh Jackman and Michelle Williams, and featured on the film’s official soundtrack. Originally written for three singers, the arrangement for this performance piece has been written for a solo vocalist.
Although ‘A Million Dreams’ wasn’t released as an official single, its popularity among listeners has led to several cover versions/renditions being released by famous musicians, including Susan Boyle and Pink.
The film The Greatest Showman was a great commercial success, and grossed an income of over $435 million worldwide, alongside several award nominations, including Best Original Song for ‘This Is Me’ at the 2018 Golden Globes.
This popular song from ‘The Greatest Showman’ is an opportunity for anyone keen on the film score genre to tell a convincing story with a strong emphasis on the communication of the lyrics.
The original recording features three different voices, but this abridged version has been arranged in the key of Eb to offer better positioning for a solo vocal performance. You may still prefer to perform the song in a different key, to suit your voice type and to allow you to comfortably reach the top notes with a clear and consistent tone quality. Note that for this grade, the last phrase (from bar 56) may be sung in either octave.
Notice how the melody requires you to be confident with your rhythmic phrasing, with some accented notes and emphasis on the enunciation and positioning of words. You should also try varying your dynamics in order to demonstrate communication and expression of the lyrical content.