'La La Land' Musical Is Heading to Broadway

by Emell Adolphus

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Tuesday February 7, 2023

Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling in "La La Land"
Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling in "La La Land"  

"La La Land" is coming to the city that never sleeps in a new Broadway production, Variety reported.

The Oscar-winning musical "La La Land" will be adopted as a musical for the stage, with plans for the show to hit the Great White Way sometime soon.

"The 2016 movie, featuring original songs like "City of Stars," "Another Day of Sun" and "Audition (Fools Who Dream)," starred Emma Stone as an aspiring actor and Ryan Gosling as a jazz musician as they pursue their dreams in Los Angeles. The Broadway cast has yet to be announced," writes Variety.

"Bartlett Sher ('To Kill a Mockingbird,' 'Fiddler on the Roof') is directing the stage adaptation based on a book written by playwrights Ayad Akhtar and Matthew Decker," Variety reports. "Like the feature film, the show will feature music by Justin Hurwitz and lyrics by composing team Benj Pasek and Justin Paul."

Starring Ryan Gosling as a jazz musician and Emma Stone as an aspiring actor, the 2016 feature film movie scored major hits with original songs such as "City of Stars," "Another Day of Sun," and "Audition (Fools Who Dream)."

"I'm thrilled to reunite with Lionsgate and the incredible team behind 'La La Land' to adapt the movie for the Broadway stage, the next exciting chapter in its evolution," said Marc Platt, who produced the film. "We've assembled a world-class team to create a musical that will delight 'La La Land's' millions of current fans and introduce the property to a whole new audience."

Beyond the original film, the "La La Land" creators also released a concert version of the film, which has been touring around the world since 2017.

Jenefer Brown, Lionsgate's executive VP and head of global products and experiences, added: "With 'La La Land in Concert' marking its sixth year of touring worldwide and the original film a timeless and globally revered cultural touchstone, we're excited to provide fans yet another way to experience the original movie."

According to Variety, "La La Land" grossed $151 million in North America, $472 million worldwide, and won several Academy Awards, including best director for Damien Chazelle and best actress for Stone.