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The release of La La Land is just the beginning of a new era of musicals


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With the whole world going crazy over the sensational romantic musical which broke Golden Globe records, we’ve got plenty more musicals to look forward to.

With the release of Damien Chazelle’s modern day musical La La Land, which has topped the UK box office, the world has suddenly remembered how much we love musicals. Chazelle’s wonderfully unique mix of nostalgic old Hollywood and modern day has captured hearts around the world, and now we want more.

Firstly, La La Land is being followed closely by the live action remake of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens. Following that is Mary Poppins Returns starring Emily Blunt and Hamilton star Lin-Manuel Miranda. Miranda is also teaming up with Alan Menken to write songs for a remake of The Little Mermaid. Disney musicals were a huge part of many childhoods, and there’s no doubt that nostalgia will sell these remakes without a problem.

However, it wasn’t so easy for Chazelle to make La La Land a reality, as it took him years to begin the production process. But already it’s looking like others will follow in his footsteps, as roughly 20 musicals are currently in early production stages with various studios. While some, like Wicked, are following the trend of adapting broadway musicals for the big screen, there are also a number of original musicals in the works too.

This year Hugh Jackman will star as P.T. Barnum in The Greatest Showman, and Disney are also working on Bob: The Musical, which features a man whose life is filled with song after suffering a head injury. Kristen Wiig and Will Ferrell are also set to star in a musical based on the book Everything’s Coming up Profits: The Golden Age of Industrial Musicals.

Whether it be politics, age, or just the stresses of everyday life, it’s pretty clear that we need musicals right now to put a splash of colour into our lives.

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