I read that “Audition (The Fools Who Dream)” is your
favorite number, in large part due to Emma’s performance on screen. Were there
any other songs’ onscreen transformations that surprised you?
Yeah, particularly with something like “Audition,” which was
sang live on set, or the “City of Stars” duet, which was also live on set. It's
a new experience for me shooting because you haven't seen it performed that way
and it takes on a whole new life and shape.
There were other songs that were, on a musical level, demoed
and locked in before we shot it. But obviously, you get to the freeway and you
have all these cars and dancers, it comes alive in a new way. I remember before
we even got to the freeway, coming out to the parking lot where the production
offices were, where Damien and the choreographer were rehearsing the number in
the parking lot. I remember getting goosebumps when I saw that. That was the
first physical realization of any of the numbers. And after spending so much
time at my piano and spending so much time orchestrating these mock-ups -- to
see it come alive like that, with so many people contributing to it, that was a
really special moment.
The New York Times wrote that La La Land
makes musicals matter again. I was curious how you felt about the movie musical
I love musicals. It's one of my favorite genres. Many of my
favorite movies are musicals. I hope more totally original musicals will get
made. If our movie has an effect on the industry, that would be great and
flattering. Just as a fan of musicals and as a consumer, I would just want to
watch new musicals.
Is it too early to talk about La La Land on
I don't know. I'm sure there will be conversations about
that. I'm not sure how I feel about it yet. That's something, where I'll
obviously discuss it with Damien and I'll probably seek and value the advice of
one of our producers, Marc Platt, because he's had an amazing career both in
film and on Broadway. We'll talk about it. I'm not sure how I feel about it
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