Celebrate ALMOST FAMOUS Opening Night on Broadway | Photo Journal 


Casey Likes and the cast of Almost Famous | Photo: Michaelah Reynolds/Theatrely

Kobi Kassal
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November 4, 2022 10:10 AM

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 company of Almost Famous | Photo: Michaelah Reynolds/Theatrely
Anika Larson | Photo: Michaelah Reynolds/Theatrely
Drew Gehling | Photo: Michaelah Reynolds/Theatrely
Solea Pfeiffer | Photo: Michaelah Reynolds/Theatrely
Casey Likes | Photo: Michaelah Reynolds/Theatrely
Opening night bows | Photo: Michaelah Reynolds/Theatrely
Tom Kitt | Photo: Michaelah Reynolds/Theatrely
Opening night bows | Photo: Michaelah Reynolds/Theatrely

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. 

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Kobi Kassal

Hailing from sunny South Florida, Kobi Kassal founded Theatrely (formerly Theatre Talk Boston) while attending Boston University. He is an avid theatre attender and can be found seeing a performance most nights of the week (in normal times!) He is interested in the cross section of theatre, popular culture, hospitality, and politics. He also loves a good bagel!

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