The Broadway Melody of 2016

Monumental Pictures

The past lovingly bleeds into the present in La La Land, a breathlessly earnest tribute to the musicals of a bygone era and the dreamers that inhabit them. Just like they were about talented young things wanting to get up and out, putting on a show and taking unfiltered leaps of faith for all to see, in the first scene (which I won’t describe further for fear of spoiling the kinetic joy of it) they jump for their dreams like their heroes Astaire, Kelly, and (it’s appropriate to mention) Reynolds. A Chorus Line may have started with a song about big hopes and dreams – cries of “god, I hope I get it”, where getting the part is a matter of life-or-death – but these are more of the type of Tulsa in Gypsy, who turns a back alley into his stage to tell Louise his dream. He’s got…

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