Many Community Center to feature ‘La La Land’

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“La La Land,” the popular 2016 musical drama, will be the feature free movie at the Many Community Center on Saturday, Oct. 7.

As always the movie is free. It begins at 7 p.m. Box office will open at 6:15.  “La La Land” is sponsored by Many Mayor Ken Freeman, the Town of Many, and the Many Cultural District Advisory Committee.

Musicals are usually  romantic. They teach  us that some emotion is so powerful that it can’t be put into mere words—it must be sung. Some love is so overwhelming that you just have to move your feet. Characters in musicals not only understand love differently than those in traditional films but they turn that understanding into art—dancing, singing and transcending mere dialogue to become something greater, something purer, something closer to true romance.

One of many remarkable things about “La La Land” is how much energy and time it devotes to movement and music, not just lyrics. Most modern movie musicals, so often based on Broadway shows, have focused heavily on songs that further plot. In ” La La Land,” choreography matters and a simple piano refrain can have more power than a lyric. This is a beautiful film about love and dreams, and how the two impact each other. Los Angeles is filled with dreamers, and sometimes it takes a partner to make a dream come true.

There have been  some musical films since the era of Rogers & Astaire, but few that have tried to recapture that sense of fluid, magical thinking in which characters communicate with their bodies as much, maybe even more, than they do with their voices. One of many remarkable things about“La La Land” is how much energy and time it devotes to movement and music, not just lyrics. The modern movie musicals, so often based on Broadway shows, have focused heavily on songs that further plot. In “La La Land”, choreography matters and a simple piano refrain can have more power than a lyric. This is a beautiful film about love and dreams, and how the two impact each other. Los Angeles is filled with dreamers, and sometimes it takes a partner to make your dream come true.

“La La Land” opens with a bit of a fake-out in that it’s a large ensemble number of a variety that viewers don’t  see again in the movie. Cars are stuck in the notoriously awful L.A. traffic when the drivers decide to break into song called “Another Day of Sun”—a bit about how each day brings new hope for these young wannabe artists—jumping out of the cars and dancing on the freeway. And after the chorus-like introduction to a city of dreamers, we meet two such sun-gazers: pianist  (Ryan Gosling) and actress Mia(Emma Stone). Like any good musical, the two have a few false starts and playfully mock each other’s flaws in their first scenes. But we know where this is headed and Gosling & Stone have the chemistry to make us long for them to get together.

It’s easy to let the world get you down sometimes, especially in a year like 2017. It’s easy to think that dreams don’t come true, and that love only exists in movies. “La La Land” serves to remind us that movies can still be magical, and they can still provide the channel for us to see magic in the world around us. It’s not so much another day in the sun, as the characters sing in that opening number, but the dreams of the night before, the ones we wake up and try to fulfill, that keep us dancing.

“La La Land”  is classified as a romantic comedy, drama and musical. It is rated PG-13 for some mild language. There is no nudity, sex  scenes, or violence. The movie is 126 minutes long.

Mayor Freeman and the members of the Cultural District Advisory Committee are hopeful that the residents of Many and the surrounding areas will attend this free movie and bring the entire family.  It’s lighthearted, but it has a message:  “Dreams can come true if you work hard enough.”

Freeman wants everyone to know that the movie is completely free and concessions are only $1 each. “We do this for the families in our area, so no one can complain there’s nothing to do around Many. There are things to do every weekend in Many, and we want our citizens to do their part by attending and participating,”   the mayor said.

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