7:30am PT by Chris Gardner
Drag 'La La Land' Gets Thumbs-Up From Director Damien Chazelle
Remember how in Damien Chazelle's La La Land, audiences didn't get to see the career-launching, one-woman show of Emma Stone's Mia Dolan (save her reserving a seat for Ryan Gosling's character, who never appears)?
Groundlings regular Jimmy Fowlie — best known for the show Go-Go Boy Interrupted — has rectified this with his solo production So Long, Boulder City (co-written with Bridesmaids actor Jordan Black, who also directs), currently enjoying an extended sold-out run at Hollywood's 47-seat Celebration Theatre.
In Fowlie's version, Mia's dad is a drug addict, her actress aunt (yes, the one who lives in Paris) is schizophrenic, and Mia goes through an energetic party-girl phase. There's also an extended emotional "electric slide" scene in which Fowlie dances while fighting back tears. Big names are randomly dropped during the show including Woody Allen, Elisabeth Shue, Vanessa Bayer, Abraham Lincoln and a not-so-nice dig at comedian Dane Cook's movie career.
Speaking of big names, the night THR attended, Helen Hunt was in the audience (she's friends with the director) and a rep for the theater says Stone's mother also checked out a performance.
And though the Oscar-winning Chazelle wasn't available for comment, a source close to the director says he loves the idea and is fully supportive of it.
Audiences will have the chance to support it with a slew of just added dates at Celebration Theatre including Aug. 25-27 and Sept. 1-3. It's also being paired with another Hollywood-themed show, Tilda Swinton Answers an Ad on Craigslist, on Aug. 25-26 and Sept. 1-2. That show is written by and starring Byron Lane alongside Tom Lenk with Jayne Entwistle and Mark Jude Sullivan.
A version of this story first appeared in the Aug. 2 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.