It’s all happening! Hollywood director and former Rolling Stone journalist Cameron Crowe is working to bring his classic rock masterpiece “Almost Famous” to the stage for a full musical production. The semi-biographical film originally arrived in theaters back in the fall of 2000, and starred Billy Crudup, Frances McDormand, Kate Hudson, in addition to the late Philip Seymour Hoffman portraying legendary music critic Lester Bangs, who was a real-life mentor to a teenage Crowe during his time writing for Rolling Stone Magazine in the 1970s.
According to Rolling Stone’s report shared on Tuesday, Crowe is working with composer and lyricist Tom Kitt, whose previous musicals include adapting Green Day’s “American Idiot” from studio album to stage, and “Everyday Rapture,” which arrived on Broadway in 2010. Jeremy Herrin will also come on direct the performance. The report didn’t go on to detail the arrival date, or whether or not the production would go right to Broadway rather than starting out in smaller theaters.
The original music heard in the film was written by Heart member and Crowe’s then-wife Nancy Wilson, however, the two divorced in 2010, so fans probably shouldn’t expect her to be involved in the project. The film’s soundtrack also included a wonderful mix of classic rock hits ranging from Elton John and Led Zeppelin to Joni Mitchell and Black Sabbath, so fans should be optimistic to hear a few 1970s era hits in the musical as well.
“It doesn’t even feel like work,” Crowe told his old publication about the next step in the film’s journey. “It feels like a new adventure, a natural progression but still true to the question that started it all. ‘What do you love about music?’. Can’t wait to bring it to you in the coming months.”
Although actors like Crudup and McDormand are seasoned theatrical actors, there’s been no word as to whether anyone from the original film will be returning to their old roles. “Almost Famous” would go on to help launch the careers of Kate Hudon and Jason Lee, as well as a hilarious cameo from the fictional band’s new manager, Jimmy Fallon.
One of the more emotional but honest clips between Hoffman playing Bangs and Patrick Fugit somewhat portraying a young Crowe can be watched above.