First Hollywood Movie Premiere to Take Place on a Passenger Ship
VALENCIA, Calif., Oct. 26, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Luxury cruise line Cunard and 20th Century Fox have partnered to roll out the red carpet when the world's greatest ocean liner, Queen Mary 2, hosts the world premiere of 20th Century Fox's "The Greatest Showman" in December 2017.
"The Greatest Showman," starring Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams, Zac Efron, Rebecca Ferguson and Zendaya, is an original musical that tells the story of visionary P.T. Barnum and how he created the Barnum & Bailey Circus. The film, directed by Michael Gracey and written by Jenny Bicks and Bill Condon, with original music by Oscar®- and Tony®-winning duo Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, will debut in theatres nationwide on December 25, 2017.
P.T. Barnum sailed multiple times on various Cunard ships to cross the Atlantic between New York and England. His most notable voyage was in 1850 when he invited legendary opera singer Jenny Lind (the "Swedish Nightingale") to come to America with him to be part of his show. They sailed into New York on Cunard's Cambria with almost 40,000 fans greeting them at the docks.
"Queen Mary 2 is the perfect stage for our world premiere of 'The Greatest Showman,'" said Zachary Eller, Executive Vice President, Marketing Partnerships, 20th Century Fox. "Not only is there a real tie to P.T. Barnum's affinity for sailing Cunard, but Queen Mary 2 also provides that perfect touch of dazzle and wonder that brilliantly complements the essence of the film."
Scenes from the movie were shot in the original U.S. headquarters of Cunard, a magnificent Italian Renaissance-style landmark building located at 25 Broadway in lower Manhattan. In addition, a number of scenes were shot in Brooklyn, Queen Mary 2's U.S. homeport.
"We are thrilled to host the first major motion picture premiere on a Cunard ship," said Josh Leibowitz, Senior Vice President, Cunard North America. "Sailing on Queen Mary 2 is always a magnificent occasion, but this spectacular premiere epitomizes the glamour, excitement, and unstoppable spirit that has set Cunard apart for nearly two centuries."
"The Greatest Showman's" Emmy Award®-winning costume designer Ellen Mirojnick will also sail in December on the Transatlantic Crossing from New York to England following the premiere, offering talks on her career and showcasing her designs from the movie while mingling with guests.
In partnership with 20th Century Fox, Cunard has also announced a public sweepstakes that will afford a winner and guest the chance to attend to the premiere. Please visit https://www.cunard.com/campaigns/greatest-showman-sweepstakes/ for more information and rules and regulations.
Cunard has a long history of hosting celebrities and exclusive events on their ships. Luminaries from Elizabeth Taylor and Rita Hayworth to Wes Anderson and Tilda Swinton have sailed with the line. Sting performed songs in Queen Mary 2's Royal Court Theatre, Carly Simon filmed her "Moonlight Serenade" DVD on board, and Francis Ford Coppola sailed recently to work on his craft while at sea.
For more information about Queen Mary 2, or to book a voyage, contact your Travel Agent, call Cunard Line at 1-800-728-6273 or visit www.cunard.com.
For travel agents interested in further information, please contact your Business Development Manager, visit OneSource or call Cunard toll free at 1-800-528-6273.
Defining true excellence at sea with over 177 years of legendary voyages, Cunard is the operator of luxury ocean liners Queen Mary 2®, Queen Victoria® and Queen Elizabeth®. Renowned for impeccable White Star Service, gourmet dining and world-class entertainment, all three Queens offer luxury on a grand scale in Britannia, Britannia Club, Princess Grill and Queens Grill accommodation. Cunard is the only line to offer regularly scheduled Transatlantic service and continues the legacy of world cruising which it began in 1922.
Awarded '#1 Mega-Ship Ocean Cruise Line' by Travel + Leisure's 2016 World's Best Awards and 'Best World Cruise Itineraries' and 'Best Trans-Atlantic Itineraries' by Porthole Cruise Magazine's 2016 Readers Choice Awards, Cunard is a proud member of World's Leading Cruise Lines, a part of Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE/LSE: CCL; NYSE: CUK), the largest cruise vacation company in the world. Together Cunard, Carnival Cruise Line, Fathom, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Seabourn, AIDA Cruises, Costa Cruises, P&O Cruises (Australia) and P&O Cruises (UK) operate 102 ships visiting over 700 ports around the world and totaling 226,000 lower berths.
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About The Greatest Showman
Inspired by the ambition and imagination of P.T. Barnum, The Greatest Showman is a bold and original musical that celebrates the birth of show business and the sense of wonder we feel when dreams come to life. It is directed by exciting new filmmaker, Michael Gracey, with songs by Academy Award winners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul ("La La Land") and stars Academy Award nominee Hugh Jackman. Jackman is joined by Academy Award nominee Michelle Williams, Zendaya, Zac Efron and Rebecca Ferguson.
About Twentieth Century Fox Film
One of the world's largest producers and distributors of motion pictures, Twentieth Century Fox Film produces, acquires and distributes motion pictures throughout the world. These motion pictures are produced or acquired by the following units of the studio: Twentieth Century Fox, Fox 2000 Pictures, Fox Searchlight Pictures, Fox International Productions, and Twentieth Century Fox Animation.
For additional information about Fox, contact:
Aparna Rao, Aparna.Rao@fox.com
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