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See La La Land with a live orchestra as concert tour kicks off in LA

Lovers of the award-winning film La La Land will soon be able to enjoy the dreamy modern musical accompanied by a live 100-piece orchestra and choir in the city that inspired it all.

Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) and Mia (Emma Stone) in LA LA LAND.
Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) and Mia (Emma Stone) in LA LA LAND. Image by Dale Robinette

“La La Land in Concert: a Live-to-Film Celebration” will hold its world premiere at Los Angeles’ Hollywood Bowl on Memorial Day weekend on 26 and 27 May.


While unfortunately the film’s stars Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling will not be along for the tour, the film’s composer Justin Hurwitz will conduct the Oscar-winning score with a 100-piece symphony orchestra, choir and jazz ensemble, accompanying the film’s original vocal recordings.

“For me, one of the most thrilling and fulfilling parts of making La La Land was scoring the film to a live orchestra: a hundred phenomenal local musicians playing in real-time to the Technicolor images, bringing Justin’s compositions to vivid life. I couldn’t be more excited to share that experience with audiences this summer, let alone in a setting as epic and as quintessentially ‘LA’ as the Hollywood Bowl,” said  the film’s Oscar-winning director Damien Chazelle in a statement.

La La Land.
La La Land. Image by Dale Robinette

To make the event even more LA-themed, organizers are encouraging vintage Hollywood- or La La Land-inspired dress, and the event will include pre-show photo opportunities and a fireworks display.

Tickets to the LA performance go on sale on 10 March at 12 pm PST at Ticketmaster. But if you aren’t travelling to the “City of Stars” anytime soon, La La Land in Concert will also travel to destinations around the US, UK, Canada, Mexico, Italy, and more.

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