Lionsgate’s Oscar Winner ‘La La Land’ Headed to Broadway, ‘Joy Ride’ to SXSW
February 7, 2023
Lionsgate Feb. 7 announced that six-time Academy Award-winning movie La La Land will be heading to the Broadway stage. The Santa Monica, Calif.-based studio is developing a musical based on the 2016 box office hit, which was written and directed by Damien Chazelle, and starred Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone.
The movie, which follows an aspiring actress (Stone) and a jazz musician (Gosling) as they pursue their dreams in Los Angeles, earned Oscars for best director, actress in a leading role, production design, cinematography, original score and original song.
The show will be directed by Tony Award and Drama Desk Award-winning director Bartlett Sher based on a book written by the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Ayad Akhtar and three-time Barrymore Award winner Matthew Decker. The stage adaptation will feature music by the film’s composer and two-time Academy Award winner Justin Hurwitz and lyrics by the Oscar and Tony-winning composing team Benj Pasek and Justin Paul.
“La La Land in Concert” is currently touring worldwide in its sixth year.
“We’ve assembled a world-class team to create a musical that will delight La La Land’s millions of current fans and introduce the property to a whole new audience,” Emmy and Tony Award-
La La Land’s planned adaptation to the Broadway stage follows the launch of several live stage productions based on Lionsgate movie and television properties, including Dirty Dancing, Now You See Me, Wonder and “Nashville.”
The deal was negotiated for Lionsgate by Jenefer Brown, EVP, head of global products and experiences, and Eva Feder, EVP, business and legal affairs, and Stefan Schick at Loeb & Loeb.
Separately, Lionsgate said it would debut the global premiere of Asian comedy Joy Ride at the South by Southwest (SXSW) Conference and Festivals March 17 in Austin, Texas.