So what is it about this musical that has audiences so starry-eyed? One factor could be how the film reworks the Hollywood classic Casablanca, which turns 75 this year.


The set of the movie is as rich and colourful as the soundtrack and the lead roles' performances. It was designed by David Wasco - who has been nominated for an Academy Award for La La Land's set design along with his wife, Sandy Reynolds-Wasco. The Wasco's have harked back to Yorkshire-born artist Hockney's saturated depictions of L.A.

410387e3bebcceec9ab881627f0377a8 David Hockney, Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures) 1972


Inspired by Chazelle's stunning musical, we have selected our favourite musical film sets, along with how you can get the look. Lights, camera, action!


High Society (1956)

Adapted from Philip Barry's 1939 play The Philadelphia Story, High Society tells the story of a jazz artist who is still in love with his ex-wife. The 1956 movie stars Bing Crosby and Grace Kelly in the lead roles. The sets are dominated by sugary-sweet regency furniture mixed with the colours and textures of the 1950s, including bamboo furniture in pastels.

563_1 Bench, Manner of Tommi Parzinger

568_1 Cabinet Attributed to Edward Wormley

565_1 Chandelier, Manner of Tommi Parzinger

528_1 Pair of Vladimir Kagan CORKSCREW Swivel Lounge Chairs

570_1 Large Karl Springer DOUBLE JMF Parchment Console Table


Frank Oz's 1986 adaptation 1986 Little Shop of Horrors, elevated the off-broadway musical into a cult classic. The set design uses colour to compliment both the characters' style and costumes as well as the comical nature of the movie. Tiled floors, clashing patterned furniture (and a few houseplants) make up the cartoon-like set of this classic musical.

532_1 Directional Sofa Attributed to Vladimir Kagan

594_1 Large & Rare Fernand Dresse Coffee Table

508_1 Pair of Lounge Chairs, Manner of Percival Lafer

679_1 Lounge Chair, Manner of Pierre Paulin

644_1 Pair of T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Lounge / Arm Chairs

603_1 Pair of Art Deco Club Chairs, BARBRA STREISAND COLLECTION



Set in the transition between the 1950's and the Swinging Sixties, Hairspray offers some of the most toe-tapping musical numbers of all time. The 2007 film version captured the spirit and style the Sixties: Bakelite furniture, chrome accents and curved shapes.

698_1 Pair of Marcel Breuer B-64 CANTILEVER Arm Chairs

708_1 Frederick Kiesler Low Nesting Tables

699_1 Pair of Marcel Breuer Two-Tier End Tables

All pieces featured are part of Palm Beach Modern's Gibbings Collection, Modern Design & Luxury sale on 5th February, 2017. Check out more here.