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  • Jeffrey Kare
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    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).

    https://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Official-Cameron-Crowe-Tom-Kitt-Jeremy-Herrin-Will-Adapt-ALMOST-FAMOUS-Into-a-Musical-20180925

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    Jays
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    That’s one of my favorite movies ever, so I’m 100% looking forward to this!

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    adamunc
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    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.

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    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.

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    Jeffrey Kare
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    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.

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