The movie "La La Land" was a hit by pretty much every measure — it grossed more than $150 million at the domestic box office, took home six Oscars (not "Best Picture," but still), and L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti even declared a "La La Land" Day.
But possibly the most important marker of success? "La La Land" now has its own drag parody show.
It’s a play called “So Long Boulder City,” presented by Celebration Theatre at The Lex in Hollywood. It imagines what the one-woman show in "La La Land," starring, written and directed by Emma Stone’s character, Mia Dolan, might have looked like.
In "La La Land," you see only a few glimpses of the "So Long Boulder City" set, one page of the script, and the meager audience turnout. The flop causes Mia to quit acting and break up with her boyfriend Sebastian, played by Ryan Gosling. But it also launches Mia's movie career, when a casting agent sees her performance and tracks her down.
Two veterans of the Groundlings Theatre Company, Jimmy Fowlie and Jordan Black, decided to fill in the blanks. It all started with a question Fowlie posed on Facebook:
A few achingly long on-stage costume changes, a failed attempt at improv, and a 4 1/2 minute performance of the "Electric Slide" help give the show some of its "so bad it's good" charm.
"I’ve been to these shows where you see someone who’s so delusional," Black says. "But yet they have this insane level of confidence to back it up. And that’s the Mia Dolan in our show — that character. That is really what drives her. She has this unearned confidence, which is really kind of admirable."
And luckily for Black and Fowlie, their version of "So Long Boulder City" hasn't been a flop like Mia's. After performances started selling out, Celebration Theatre added additional show times and now there's even talk of taking the play to New York City.
"The movie was so beloved and people took it very seriously because it was a throwback to the old musicals of yesteryear," Black says. "And then all of a sudden you have Jimmy's show. It's just a release and a relief to make fun of these things that everyone's taken so seriously."
To hear the feature about "So Long Boulder City," click the blue player above.
"So Long Boulder City" is playing at Celebration Theatre at The Lex through September 3rd.