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On Board The Greatest Ocean Liner, Flagship Queen Mary 2.

First Hollywood Movie Premiere to Take Place on a Passenger Ship.

Cunard to Host World Premiere of "The Greatest Showman" on Queen Mary 2 / Photo © Cunard Line

Cunard to Host World Premiere of “The Greatest Showman” on Queen Mary 2 / Photo © Cunard Line

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.

Information source: Cunard Line

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