La La Land, the new movie that pays tribute to the Golden Age of Hollywood musicals, is the opening film of the 73rd Venice International Film Festival, which runs August 31-September 10.
The new movie musical, which is written and directed by Whiplash’s Damien Chazelle, stars Emma Stone (Cabaret), Ryan Gosling, John Legend and J. K. Simmons (winner of the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in Whiplash).
The film has a score of songs co-written by Justin Hurwitz and the Tony-nominated team of Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (A Christmas Story, Dogfight), whose Dear Evan Hansen is scheduled to open on Broadway this season.
La La Land is produced by Lionsgate in partnership with Black Label Media, Gilbert Films, Impostor Pictures and Marc Platt Productions. The film will be distributed in the USA by Lionsgate, premiering December 16.
Critics are filing their reviews, linked below. Playbill.com will add more links as reviews are posted:
Watch the trailer here, which features the song “Audition," with music by Hurwitz and lyrics by Pasek & Paul.