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What a film! It’s hard to see La La Land and not be totally drawn in by its infectiously happy mood and timeless musical quality. We’ve assembled a brilliant La La Land inspired songbook for everyone who loves the majestic musical film.

The opening track in our songbook features none other than the film’s very own slice of genius, Another Day of Sun, a jazzy and sunny number that sets the perfect tone.

La La Land of course takes its cue from a life lived listening to the great American songbook of musical film and theatre. Our playlist features a huge selection of dance songs from America’s greatest musicals, including Singing in The Rain, An American in Paris, Cabaret and Sweet Charity. So many of these songs celebrated life and happiness no matter the circumstance - something La La Land so gloriously captures in our troubled times.

We also have stunning musical film ballads, such as from The Wizard of Oz, The Sound of Music, Top Hat and others. Classic songs that are the cultural stamps to be observed for centuries ahead.

The stars of those musicals and others - the likes of Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire, Judy Garland, Julie Andrews, Debbie Reynolds, Liza Minnelli - had an almost untouchable quality. As did the composers - the Gershwins, Irving Berlin, Cole Porter. In that era, musical and dance talent reigned supreme and only the most insanely talented had the chance of becoming big.

Equally, we pay tribute in our songbook to a group of the greatest pop dance and ballad songs that are the heart of La La Land - including the wonderful I’ve Got The World On A String, Let’s Face The Music And Dance, Take The A Train, and In The Mood. Our journey also includes the piano led jazz of which La La Land director Damien Chazelle is so fond - Fletcher’s Song In The Club, from Chazelle’s prior movie Whiplash, and The Hot Sardines’ 2016 masterpiece, Gramercy Sunset.

Indeed, modern music has paid great tribute to the great American songbook, and musicals such as Chicago, Sweeney Todd and Death Takes A Holiday have their own power songs that perfectly represent their love of great composition and heartfelt delivery.

So, enjoy your journey through the years with our La La Land Songbook, and make the day into your own City of Stars….

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