You’d think that having grossed $1 billion USD at the global box office, along with 11 Oscar nominations, would be enough for Joker. But never one to let a good thing go unadapted to every possible sector of the industry, Warner Bros are now turning the iconic Joaquin Phoenix-led film into a live-in-concert event that is set to tour globally.
If it was any other film, you might raise an eyebrow at the decision, but given that the film’s composer Hildur Guðnadóttir received the BAFTA for Best Original Music, as well as the Golden Globe, it’s clear that this film’s score is something to be enjoyed in concert form.
In a statement, Guðnadóttir said about the live concert: “I’m thrilled to get to see and hear Joker in the cinema with a live orchestra. When we recorded the music, the orchestra brought such depth and detailed attention to the performances that we were all literally holding our breaths during most of the recording sessions. It was a beautiful trip. I’m so happy to get to go there again and for an audience to experience that too.”
In recent years, Guðnadóttir has cemented herself as one of the top talents of musical composition. The Icelandic composer even won a Grammy and Emmy for her work on the HBO series, Chernobyl that stunned fans with its haunting score that perfectly mirrored the tragic events unfolding onscreen.
According to Deadline, the Joker score will be performed using a full orchestra. Several of the performances will be conducted by Jeff Atmajian, who served as the conductor and orchestrator of the film’s original soundtrack, while Dave Majoney will also step in for certain legs of the worldwide tour.
Speaking about the live-concert event, Joker director Todd Phillips said: “I speak for the entire Joker team when I say how thrilled we are to be working with Senbla and Ollie Rosenblatt on Joker – Live in Concert. I think it’s a wonderful way for audiences to experience Hildur Guðnadóttir’s haunting and immersive score while bearing witness to Joaquin Phoenix’s descent into madness as Arthur.”
The world tour of Joker in live concert form will kick off at London’s Eventim Apollo on April 30, before embarking on an ambitious tour of European and further international locations, with dates and venues to be announced. Until then, be sure to tune in to our coverage of the Oscars on Monday to see if Joaquin Phoenix sweeps Best Actor for his role in the film, and just how many of its nominations Joker actually wins at the Academy Awards.