We stayed up last night to watch that most prestigious of cinematic gong givings, The Oscars. Aside from all the controversy around the award for Best Picture being given to the WRONG FILM! there was plenty to celebrate for the makers of musicals.
La La Land took 6 of the 14 awards it was nominated for, including Best Director, Best Actress and importantly (for us) Best Score and Best Original Song. But there were other nods to original musical performances from cinema over the past 12 months that had us excited. This included a brilliant performance of How Far I'll Go, by the hugely talented Auli'i Cravalho, who at just 17 years-old brought the house down.
The great Lin-Manuel Miranda (who wrote the magnificent musical Hamilton) was also on hand, with an original rap intro written specifically for the Academy Awards.
There's been a lot of hype over the past few months, particularly around La La Land, with journalists reporting that musical theatre and film is experiencing a kind of resurgence. But the truth is that the public appetite for shows has never faded. Each year there are a raft of new and exciting musicals being brought to the stage and screen, as well as a continuing demand for the classics.
That said it's great to see musicals getting headline attention, and we hope it encourages more young people to cast off their inhibitions and get involved in the creative arts.