A stage version of the hit film La La Land is a fantasy just waiting to happen, according to Justin Hurwitz, who wrote the score for the picture.
The film, an exuberant homage to movie musicals which won Emma Stone a best actress Oscar and also garnered Academy Award trophies for director Damien Chazelle, Hurwitz and the film’s lyricists Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, is set in Los Angeles and chronicles the turbulent relationship between an aspiring actress (Stone) and a jazz musician (Ryan Gosling).
Hurwitz, who won a
‘A stage version of the hit film La La Land is a fantasy just waiting to happen, according to Justin Hurwitz, who wrote the score for the picture’. Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling are seen in La La Land
‘Hurwitz (pictured), who won a Golden Globes honour for the music he composed for Chazelle’s latest film First Man (which also stars Gosling), told me Lionsgate studio and Marc Platt, one of La La Land’s key producers, ‘want to do it’.
He noted, though, that ‘the plan is to intentionally take a few years to do it: let the movie be the movie for a while’.
The composer, pictured, said that a stage musical of La La Land would require more songs, and he is busy at the moment, as are Pasek and Paul.
‘I guess it would depend on all of our schedules. It would be nice to find a way for us to all work on it again. They’re so much fun to work with. Getting the old band back together again would be the fun part,’ Hurwitz said.
To be clear, it is very early days on the project and Platt, one of the main go-to producers for film and stage musicals (he’s a force behind Mary Poppins Returns) has a slate of other projects to tackle first. Plus, it will take time to adapt the film’s screenplay into a purely theatrical piece — and to work out its structure, and how numbers will be allocated.
Hurwitz wasn’t sure whether his friend Chazelle would want to direct it. ‘That’s for Damien to decide, but it’s not something he’s going to make a decision on for some time,’ he said.
Christian Bale, who won a best actor prize at the Golden Globes for his stunning portrait of former vice-president Dick Cheney in the film Vice, told me he found playing Cheney a ‘conundrum’. He said Cheney’s family life was ‘commendable’, but his professional life was anything but, describing him as a ‘monster’. Director Adam McKay’s film opens in the UK on January 25.
The giant gorilla in the Broadway show King Kong is an awesome example of theatre puppetry. When he appears, he IS the show; and when he’s off stage his absence is keenly felt.
Christian Bale and the giant gorilla in the Broadway show King Kong
Nuggets of wisdom from rock wife Nicole
‘Nicole Kidman (pictured) said she plans to be a ‘rock wife’ for three months while husband Keith Urban goes on tour’
Nicole Kidman said she plans to be a ‘rock wife’ for three months while husband Keith Urban goes on tour.
‘That’s how it works with us. Keith supports me with my films and television, and I support him with his music,’ Kidman told me. She said that she’ll break away to do the occasional film event, ‘but for the most part I’ll be on the road with Keith around Australia and Europe’.
Kidman’s latest film, Aquaman, has become a global smash hit; while director Karyn Kusama’s thriller Destroyer, in which she gives an incredible performance as a psychologically and physically damaged detective, will open in the UK on January 25.
We were chatting at the W Magazine Best Performance party in the Chateau Marmont’s penthouse suite, with its spacious terrace offering views for miles around.
Both of us reached for what we thought was fried chicken but turned out to be crispy cauliflower.
California produces 90 per cent of America’s supply of cauliflower, so there’s a lot of it about, and KFC (Korean Fried Cauliflower, to give it its full name) is a delicious delicacy.
Kidman, pictured at the bash, laughed and said she preferred the other KFC: Kentucky Fried Chicken.
What does she like on the menu?
‘I only love the nuggets — that’s my vice. Are you shocked?!’ she asked, jokingly pointing at me as I suggested that a floret of cauliflower might, perhaps, be healthier.
You’re so smug, you probably think this play is about you
The air crackled with tension at Lincoln Center Theater in New York last spring as audience members filed out of Joshua Harmon’s controversial play Admissions.
I’m eager to find out whether Harmon’s drama — about an education administrator’s attempts to increase a posh school’s ratio of black pupils — will provoke the same reaction when actress Alex Kingston leads it into the Trafalgar Studios from February 28.
There was an electric moment, during the show, when some people realised the play was about them.
Alex Kingston at the UK Premiere of ‘A Discovery Of Witches’ at the Cineworld cinema in Cardif on September 5, 2018
I hate the term, but I guess they’re called smug white liberals, who are sometimes quite irritating . . . on both sides of the Atlantic.
Kingston, making a rare return to the British stage, hopes there will be a similar response when she takes on the part of Sherri Rosen-Mason, the admissions executive at the boarding school in New Hampshire who ends up clashing with her husband, son and friend.
‘Even though it’s a play very much written about the upper ends of the American education system, the themes are completely relatable anywhere in the world,’ she said.
The ending in director Daniel Aukin’s production (produced by Simon Friend and Howard Panter) is open-ended. ‘People have to go away and make their own minds up,’ Kingston said.
‘I also think there’s a lot of antagonism in the world at the moment and everything is bubbling in this pressure cooker, and it’s great to express what you feel when you’ve been exposed to a play like this. This is why art matters so much.’
Tickets go on sale today for the play, which will go on a short tour following its Trafalgar run. (It will go to Richmond Theatre from May 27, Cambridge from June 3, Malvern Festival Theatre from June 10, and The Lowry in Salford from June 17.)
Kingston will then film a second series of A Discovery Of Witches for Sky.