Damien Chazelle’s critically acclaimed film ‘La La Land,’ a standout musical of the 2010s, is set to be adapted into a Broadway musical. The film, known for its innovative blend of modern storytelling and classic musical elements, captivated audiences worldwide and garnered six Academy Awards.
The Broadway adaptation is set to be directed by Tony Award-winning Bartlett Sher, renowned for his work on Broadway productions such as ‘South Pacific’ and ‘My Fair Lady.’ Sher’s involvement adds a prestigious touch to the project, promising to retain the film’s charm while translating its cinematic qualities to the stage.
‘La La Land,’ released in 2016, quickly became a cultural phenomenon. The film, a vibrant homage to Hollywood’s golden era, tells the story of Mia, an aspiring actress, and Sebastian, a dedicated jazz musician, as they pursue their dreams in Los Angeles. Its poignant themes of love, ambition, and the realities of artistic pursuit, combined with memorable music and stunning cinematography, made it a favourite among audiences and critics.
As the Broadway adaptation of ‘La La Land’ takes shape, it aims to capture the film’s emotional depth and visual splendour. The adaptation, based on a book by playwrights Ayad Akhtar and Matthew Decker, will necessitate reimagining the film’s iconic musical numbers for a live audience while maintaining its original appeal.
Since 2017, ‘La La Land in Concert’ has been touring globally, presenting the film with live orchestral accompaniment. The success of these concerts has highlighted the lasting appeal of the film’s music and set the stage for its transition to Broadway. The musical adaptation offers an opportunity to delve deeper into the narrative and characters, potentially introducing new songs and expanding the story beyond the concert format.
Theatregoers eagerly await how Bartlett Sher’s direction will translate the modern classic into a fresh, compelling Broadway experience, further solidifying ‘La La Land’s’ legacy in the world of musical theatre.