Cameron Crowe’s musical adaptation of his much-loved 22-year-old Oscar-winner, Almost Famous, gets off to a very promising start. So much so you silently hope Crowe (book and lyrics), Tom Kitt (music and lyrics), and director Jeremy Herrin can sustain the high level for the whole 2.5 hours. Long story short, no such luck. Fortunately, the show is filled with fine performances and getup that takes us back a half-century without looking like a costume party. The energizing early vignettes come...
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It's all happening in October 2022, when a musical adaptation of Almost Famous, the hit 2000 movie, premieres on Broadway. Cameron Crowe, who wrote the semi-autobiographical screenplay, has penned the book and lyrics for the musical adaptation. Get Almost Famous tickets on New York Theatre Guide.
The Almost Famous musical centers on William, a child prodigy who decides he wants to be a rock music journalist. While on his first assignment covering a Black Sabbath concert, the guitarist for the opening act, the up-and-coming band Stillwater, takes a liking to him. Soon, he's sent on the road with the band on assignment for Rolling Stone magazine, where he quickly discovers the inner conflicts among the band members. But he finds himself losing his objectivity as he becomes part of their inner circle and falls for their lead groupie, Penny Lane.
The original movie featured a star-studded cast including Patrick Fugit, Kate Hudson, Billy Crudup, Frances McDormand, Jason Lee, Zooey Deschanel, and more. The film was nominated for four Oscars and won for Best Original Screenplay; won a Grammy Award for Best Compilation Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media; and won two Golden Globe Awards, for Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy and Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture for Hudson as Penny Lane.
Almost Famous is partly inspired by Crowe's own experiences writing for Rolling Stone as a teenager and includes multiple real people as characters, including rock journalists Lester Bangs and Ben Fong-Torres. Fictional characters like Penny Lane and William's mom are also loosely based on groupie Pennie Lane Trumbull of The Flying Garter Girls and Crowe's actual mother, respectively. All these characters are preserved in the musical.
Crowe is making his Broadway debut with the show. But collaborating with him on Almost Famous on Broadway is a veteran composer/lyricist: Tom Kitt, who's won Tony, Grammy, and Emmy Awards, as well as a Pulitzer Prize, for his work. He won multiple accolades for composing the Pulitzer-winning musical Next to Normal in 2008, and more recently, he's been nominated for Tony Awards at three of the past four ceremonies leading up to 2022: for Flying Over Sunset in 2022, Jagged Little Pill in 2020, and SpongeBob SquarePants in 2018.
The Almost Famous musical adaptation premiered at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego in 2019 to positive reviews, and the cast from that run is also leading the premiere of Almost Famous in New York.
Almost Famous tickets are available on New York Theatre Guide now.
October 3rd, 2022
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April 9th, 2023
October 3rd, 2022
Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre
Children under 4 are not permitted in the theatre.
Cast and creative
By: Cameron Crowe
Songs by: Music by Tom Kitt, lyrics by Cameron Crowe
Director: Jeremy Herrin
Cast list: Casey Likes (as William Miller), Chris Wood (as Russell Hammond), Anika Larsen (as Elaine Miller), Solea Pfeiffer (as Penny Lane), Drew Gehling as Jeff Bebe, Rob Colletti (as Lester Bangs), Matt Bittner (as Larry Fellows), Chad Burris (as Vic), Gerard Canonico (as Dick Roswell), Julia Cassandra (as Estrella), Brandon Contreras (as Silent Ed Vallencourt), Jakeim Hart (as Dennis Hope), Van Hughes (as David Felton), Jana Djenne Jackson (as Polexia), Katie Ladner (as Sapphire), Emily Schultheis (as Anita Miller), Daniel Sovich (as Darryl), Libby Winters (as Leslie), Matthew C. Yee (as Ben Fong-Torres), Danny Lindgren, Erica Mansfield, Alisa Melendez
Design: Derek McLane
Lighting: Natasha Katz
Costume: David Zinn
Sound: Peter Hylenski
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