La La Land set to take Broadway

Known for its mix of romance and humor, the 2017 film will soon have a musical stage adaptation to fit its legendary score.


Amy Stabnau

The Oscar-winning film will make its debut on Broadway.

Ava DiGiacomo, Staff Writer

Winning six Academy Awards upon its theatrical debut in 2017,  La La Land instantly found favor with fans who loved its tale of love, dreams, and loss on the streets of New York City.

Now, six years later, the beloved movie-musical is set to make its appearance on Broadway currently at an undetermined date. Millions of fans are anxiously awaiting this heart-throbbing exhibit of music, acting, and choreography on stage.

Starring renowned actors Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, and J.K. Simmons, among many others, the powerful movie captured the hearts of both theater and film lovers alike. 

Directed by Damian Chazelle, the story follows the evolution of the relationship between Mia and Sebastian, along with their individual pursuits of acting and a jazz band. It shines a realistic light on the hardships people in the entertainment industry face, whether that be with finding and keeping a stable job or maintaining relationships with loved ones and family.

However, it is not just the story that keeps fans invested in the film. La La Land is filled with all the elements of a classic movie musical. With a score by Justin Hurwitz and lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, the movie’s soundtrack is an undeniable highlight. Pasek and Paul have been an unstoppable duo in the theater world, working on huge hits such as The Greatest Showman, Dear Evan Hansen, and Dogfight, just to name a few.

By incorporating different genres of music, the soundtrack does a perfect job of portraying the different tones and feelings throughout the show. For example, tones of musical theater can be found all throughout “A Lovely Night,” elements of jazz can be heard in “Herman’s Habit” and “City of Stars,” quickly followed up by beautiful classical music in “Planetarium.”

While the music is an element of wonder in itself, its intricate choreography and large musical dance numbers make it a perfect contender for the Broadway stage. Best known for her work on So You Think You Can Dance?, the Broadway show will be choreographed by Mandy Moore. 

Opening the show with “Another Day of Sun,” our eyes are met with the splendor of musical theater. Taking place on a sunny freeway in California, cars angrily wait in a long line of LA traffic as horns honk and profanity can be heard muttered from car to car. The next six minutes are a completely different story as singer and dancer Reshma Gajjar triggers an elaborate ensemble dance number where hundreds of performers sing and dance about their aspirations to succeed in show business. 

Containing all elements of a successful musical theater performance, a remarkable team will be bringing this project to fruition. The show will keep its original music creators as Hurwitz, Pasek, and Paul.  Marc Platt, known for his success with the production of Wicked, will be teaming up with Lionsgate for the production of the show. The musical will be directed by Tony Award-winning Bartlett Sher, who changed the Broadway world with his contributions to 2008’s South Pacific and his powerful adaptation of To Kill a Mockingbird in 2018.

While the cast has yet to be announced, there is no doubt that the team of La La Land on Broadway will take the Big Apple by storm with an unforgettable stage adaptation.