ONCE, TO BE A GOOD ACTOR, ONE HAD TO HAVE A BEAUTIFUL VOICE, A FACIAL MIMIC À LA AL PACINO AND BIG CHARISMA. TODAY, ALL OF THIS DOES NOT SUFFICE ANYMORE. THE NEW GENERATION OF ACTORS IS REQUIRED TO HAVE MORE: NOT ONLY GREAT ACTING SKILLS, BUT ALSO SINGING AND ACTING ONES.
The cult movie of these days, La La Land (14 Academy Awards nominations, 6 won), gave new polish to a genre – the musical one – that seemed outdated. Thanks to the pre-shooting training, the performance of Damien Chazelle movie’s protagonists, was enthusiastic and truly convincing.
Ryan Gosling declared he had been taking piano lessons, tip tap and valzer for months and Emma Stone – who won the Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role by playing Mia – followed a specific workout in order to become a professional dancer.
Nevertheless, Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone were not the first protagonists of great musicals 2.0, that conquered the audience in the last ten years. How to forget Nicole Kidman dancing on Diamonds are a girl’s best friend in Baz Luhrmann Moulin Rouge? Rumor has it that the Australian actress broke two ribs during the rehearsal, yet – despite being injured – her scene is still iconic. As unforgettable as that, is Chicago choreography with Catherine Zeta-Jones and Renèe Zellweger: Cell block tango is still considered to be one of the best ones in the musical history.
Finally, is recent news that sir Elton John is currently writing a musical based on the Devil wears Prada script. We only have to wait and discover which one of the new generation’s actresses is going to play Andy and give the audience a complete singing and dancing performance.
Text by Cinzia Maiello