La La Land in concert

So for those who have been living under a rock, La La Land won the Oscars for Best Original Musical Score (not to mention the Best Actress trophy going to the illustrious Emma Stone). However, for people like me who just couldn’t get enough of the movie, there’s a new treat for us this coming May.

Lionsgate has set May 26-27 at Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles for the premiere of “La La Land in Concert: A Live-to-Film Celebration.” It is a live score screening of the movie accompanied by a 100-piece symphony orchestra conducted by Justin Hurwitz.

Now, there’s no better person to give his rendition of what director Damien Chazelle did with La La Land.

Hurwitz has been thrust into the spotlight with his big win at the recent Oscars, and his story is not unique in Hollywood. He honed his skills at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, but ultimately, he got that special “break” that everyone dreams of in Hollywood. As everybody knows, talent is not enough to make it in Tinseltown. You also need a large amount of luck and some fairy dust in your pocket.

MY understanding is that the concert will integrate Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling’s singing voices in the movie’s soundtrack and blend them with the live musicians in the symphony. Concert director Richard Kraft promised that it is going to be a “one-of-kind concert experience.”

I have watched a lot of symphony orchestra in my life but never one where the film is going to be seamlessly interwoven with the live musical performances.

Regardless, I could not be more excited to be in LA to watch the symphony concert and relive each moment in the movie while listening to Hurwitz perform his magic. I know I  have many things to work out, filing a leave of absence at work is one but I am more than happy to do it.

There’s also booking the hotels, and deciding whether to book a flight or just drive there. It is going to be a five-hour drive not to mention I have to deal with the horrendous LA traffic.

Moreover, then there’s the fact that my AC is acting up and there are water stains under my sink. I probably have to stop procrastinating with this plumbing problem, ASAP. I have not gotten around to calling a plumber to get a quote, however. I should probably do that before I buy a ticket to the La La Land concert. Hopefully, I will have money left to make the trip to LA.  

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