Justin Hurwitz, who won Oscars for his “La La Land” score and the original song “City of Stars,” will conduct the Hollywood Bowl symphony orchestra in a live version of the film on May 26 and 27 at the famed concert venue. While the film’s stars, Oscar winner Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, won’t be there to sing, there is word that film clips featuring them will be played while a choir substitutes for them.
Hurwitz had worked for years with the film’s writer/director Damien Chazelle to strike just the right note in his songs. In the press release announcing the world premiere of La La Land in Concert: A Live-to-Film Celebration, Hurwitz said, “Damien made a beautiful tribute to Los Angeles with ‘La La Land,’ and I couldn’t be more excited to celebrate the film’s music at an LA landmark with incredible LA musicians.” The evening will be capped off with fireworks.
Future stops for the show include Atlanta, Seattle, Portland, San Diego, San Antonio, Dallas, Indianapolis, Nashville, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Denver and the nation’s capital. With the film a huge hit overseas, there is talk to taking it to the U.K., Italy, Turkey and Switzerland as well as both north and south of the border to Canada and Mexico.