Celebrate ALMOST FAMOUS Opening Night on Broadway | Photo Journal
Rock n' roll is officially back in style. Cameron Crowe’s Almost Famous opened last night at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre and Theatrely was on the scene to capture it all.
With music by Tom Kitt with lyrics by Crowe and Kitt, Almost Famous is the latest stage adaptation to hit the Great White Way. Based on Crowe’s semi-autobiographical 2000 film of the same name, the story follows 15-year-old William Miller as he pursues a career in music journalism. After convincing Rolling Stone magazine he’s older than he looks (he’s not), William hits the road with an up-and-coming band.
The musical features 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, and newcomer Casey Likes as William Miller.
The company also includes 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, Kevin Perdido, Andrew Poston, Emily Schultheis, Daniel Sovich, Libby Winters, and Matthew C. Yee.
The musical is directed by Jeremy Herrin and choreographed by Sarah O’Gleby. Scenic design by Derek McLane, costume design by David Zinn, lighting design by Natasha Katz, sound design by Peter Hylenski, music supervis by Bryan Perri, vocal design by AnnMarie Milazzo, and hair, wig, and makeup design by Luc Verschueren.
Almost Famous opened November 3 at the Jacobs Theatre after beginning previews October 3. The musical had an out-of-town tryout in San Diego at The Old Globe in 2019.