Love it, hate it or awkwardly trying to avoid it, La La Land is taking the world by storm. Cementing its place in the cultural zeitgeist by taking home six Oscars at last night’s Academy Awards, the film is still playing in packed out cinemas all over the globe, so it’s no surprise that today’s latest headlines involve the film being adapted for the West End stage.
Speaking to The Sun, Sonia Freedman – whose West End credits include Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and Funny Girl – has said that work is already underway to bring the film to London, and she already knows who’s going to be involved with the move:
I would love to produce it, but I know who’s going to produce it and it won’t be me. Of course it will happen. It’s made for the stage and it will happen.
La La Land, which stars Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone – the latter of whom took the Best Actress award for her performance in the film – revolves around the relationship between a struggling actress and a jazz pianist, and received the most nominations for any film ever at this year’s Academy Awards, meaning it ties with only Titanic and All About Eve for its number of nominations. Pop sensation John Legend also stars in the film, and he performed ‘Start a Fire’ from the film at last night’s ceremony.
Previous to Freedman’s revelations to The Sun, one of the film’s producers, Jordan Horowitz had gone on record to confirm that a La La Land musical was being considered and that more songs would have to be written were the film to make it to theatres:
I don’t necessarily know what the stage musical looks like. I think we’ll write more songs and there will be work to do. We will have to figure out what about the story we want to keep.
So there you have it – there could soon be a new musical in town, and the popularity of the original film could well be enough to make it an instant classic, potentially knocking both the current hot ticket, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and upcoming West End transfer Hamilton into just a distant memory.