The musical adaptation of Almost Famous, based on the 2000 film by Cameron Crowe, began previews at the Bernard B. Jacobs theatre October 3, with opening night slated for November 3. Get a first look at the new musical below.
Set in 1973, the story follows a 15-year-old aspiring music journalist who Rolling Stone hires to go on tour with an up-and-coming rock band. The new musical features a book and lyrics by Crowe and music and lyrics by Tony and Pulitzer winner Tom Kitt (Next to Normal).
The cast features Solea Pfeiffer, Chris Wood, Casey Likes, Tony nominee Anika Larsen, Drew Gehling, and Rob Colletti. The company will also include 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.
Almost Famous is directed by Tony nominee Jeremy Herrin (Wolf Hall Parts One and Two), leading a creative team that also includes choreographer Sarah O'Gleby, music supervisor Bryan Perri, scenic designer Derek McLane, costume designer David Zinn, lighting designer Natasha Katz, sound designer Peter Hylenski, hair and makeup designer Luc Verschueren, and physical movement coordinator Lorenzo Pisoni. Kitt has penned arrangements and orchestrations, and vocal design will be by AnnMarie Milazzo. The production is cast by Jim Carnahan.
Almost Famous made its world premiere at San Diego's Old Globe Theatre in 2019 with much of the same cast continuing on to the Broadway run.
Ahead of an official cast recording, the production plans to drop Almost Famous The Musical - 1973 Bootleg EP 12-inch vinyl in December. Listen to "Morocco," performed by the show's leads—Likes as William and Pfeiffer as Penny Lane—here.