ALMOST FAMOUS Confirms Broadway Transfer

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Casey Likes in Almost Famous| Photo: Neal Preston


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Dan Meyer
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June 2, 2022 10:16 AM
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Rock on, Broadway! The musical adaptation of Almost Famous, based on the hit 2000 Cameron Crowe film, will arrive on the Main Stem this year. Performances will begin September 13 at a Shubert Theatre to be announced, with an opening night set for October 11. The transfer comes after a world premiere staging at the The Old Globe in 2019.

Chris Wood, Anika Larsen, Solea Pfeiffer, Drew Gehling, and Casey Likes will star. Rob Colletti, Matt Bittner, Chad Burris, Gerard Canonico, Julia Cassandra, Brandon Contreras, Jakeim Hart, Van Hughes, Jana Djenne Jackson, Katie Ladner, Danny Lindgren, Erica Mansfield, Alisa Melendez, Emily Schultheis, Daniel Sovich, Libby Winters, and Matthew C. Yee round out the ensemble.

Set in 1973, 15-year-old aspiring music journalist William Miller gets hired by Rolling Stone magazine to go on the road with an up-and-coming band. There, his love of music, longing for friendship, and integrity as a writer collide.

Almost Famous features a book and lyrics by Crowe with original music and lyrics by Tom Kitt, who also serves as orchestrator and arranger. Jeremy Herrin directs, with choreography by Sarah O’Gleby.  Due to scheduling conflicts, Lorin Latarro has departed the production and will be credited with additional choreography for her remaining contributions.

“Broadway fans and rock fans have so much in common. We obsess over the music, we pore over every possible recording we find, and we treasure those moments when an artist stands on a stage, opens their heart in that most personal way, and creates real magic,” said Crowe. “Suddenly everything seems possible. Almost Famous has always been about the power of that connection: hearing a piece of music for the first time, looking into a person’s eyes and feeling the electricity, finding your tribe. The line ‘it’s all happening’ has always been so key to the show, and now that we’re heading to Broadway, it’s finally come true. It actually is… all happening.”

The design team for Almost Famous includes scenic designer Derek McLane, costume designer David Zinn, lighting designer Natasha Katz, sound designer Peter Hylenski, music supervisor Bryan Perri, vocal designer AnnMarie Milazzo, physical movement coordinator Lorenzo Pisoni, and hair, wig, and makeup designer Luc Verschueren, with by Jim Carnahan. Serving as executive producers are Sue Wagner, John Johnson, Jillian Robbins, and Devin Keudell, and Bespoke Theatricals is the general manager.

Lead producers Lia Vollack and Michael Cassel Group also announced today that Sony Masterworks Broadway will release an Original Broadway Cast Album this fall. Fans can listen to the first track, “Everybody's Coming Together” here. Tickets are now on sale at Telecharge.com.

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Dan Meyer

Dan joins Theatrely after previously serving as an Assistant Editor at Playbill. His favorite musicals are fast, historical, and witty, like Six, Cabaret, and Sweeney Todd. He likes his plays dark and funny.