In January 2017, the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey circus, the circus founded by P.T. Barnum, announced they would be closing their doors forever, due to decreased attendance and protests by animal rights activists. Their last shows were in May 2017.
Carey Mulligan and Ellen Page were in early talks for the role of Jenny Lind The director visited Rebecca Ferguson at her London home with a tv under his arm and picked the film and the part of Jenny Lind to her because she was his choice to play that part in the film. .
Rebecca Ferguson admitted in an interview that she was extremely nervous when she had to perform a song in the film because she had to sing in front of a full audience plus all the crew. She commented that it was Hugh Jackman and his encouraging response to her performance that really helped her at the time.
A well known musical based on P.T.'s life, "Barnum", starring Jim Dale and Glenn Close, was a fine hit on Broadway. With songs written by Cy Coleman and Michael Stewart, the show demands a tour-de-force performance from its star.