September 25, 2018 at 7:47 am #1202641001
A musical adaptation of Cameron Crowe’s 2000 Academy Award-winning film is in the works. Crowe will be adapting his screenplay for the stage as well as collaborating with Tony and Pulitzer Prize winner Tom Kitt (Next to Normal) on the score. No timeline has been set for the production yet, though it will be directed by Tony nominee Jeremy Herrin (Wolf Hall).
Thoughts?September 25, 2018 at 8:02 am #1202641009
That’s one of my favorite movies ever, so I’m 100% looking forward to this!September 25, 2018 at 8:21 am #1202641014
Tom Kitt has also been announced as working on musical adaptations of The Visitor and Magic Mike, neither of which has yet come to fruition.
It’s hard to imagine the film working as a musical, but it would offer a couple of great parts if they could find a way to adapt it.September 25, 2018 at 5:36 pm #1202641301
I agree with Adam. The film is an amazing piece of work. But I don’t really see how it can translate to the stage, even if Cameron Crowe is involved.September 25, 2018 at 6:29 pm #1202641340
Though with Cameron Crowe writing the book, it could also be a red flag as a lot of these film-to-stage musicals have suffered from bringing the original screenwriter on board to adapt their own material despite the fact that they have no background in the theatre. Not only that, but they also tend to stick too close to their film counterparts without bringing anything new to the table.
Some of the best film-to-stage musicals have been ones that felt complimentary of their source material without relying too heavily on their film counterparts. Examples of this include The Producers, Hairspray, Billy Elliot, Once, and The Band’s Visit. Not only do they all work as standalone musicals, but the writers behind them were able to find different aspects of the plot to give more focus to.December 28, 2018 at 8:43 pm #1202712986
Almost Famous will be undergoing a development lab this spring from April 29-May 25. http://www.playbill.com/article/almost-famous-musical-will-get-spring-developmental-labApril 26, 2019 at 8:29 am #1202868028
The Almost Famous musical will have its world premiere at the Old Globe in San Diego.
https://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Old-Globe-Season-Features-World-Premiere-of-ALMOST-FAMOUS-and-More-20190426April 26, 2019 at 9:39 am #1202868134
I really want them to bring the current lead from Dear Evan Hansen in to play the lead. It’d be nice to have a genuinely talented teen in the lead. And expand the mother’s role a little. It’s a great character. I bet Rachel Bay Jones or someone of that ilk will play her.May 23, 2019 at 5:24 pm #1202906305
In Michael Riedel’s latest column, he gives some coverage of the staged readings this past week. All that’s known of who was in the cast were Colin Donnell and Tony nominee Anika Larsen. The show is expected to hit Broadway next spring.
https://nypost.com/2019/05/23/almost-famous-musical-is-almost-ready-to-rock-broadway/May 23, 2019 at 6:22 pm #1202906368
In Michael Riedel’s latest column, he gives some coverage of the staged readings this past week. All that’s known of who was in the cast were Colin Donnell and Tony nominee Anika Larsen. The show is expected to hit Broadway next spring. https://nypost.com/2019/05/23/almost-famous-musical-is-almost-ready-to-rock-broadway/
Genuinely looking forward to this! I love the film and Anika Larsen should be great as the mom and Colin as the Jason Lee role. That’s great casting.
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