In recent years, Broadway has seen some surprising properties hit the stage in Broadway adaptations. Last year we saw “SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical” and “Escape to Margaritaville” hit the stage. With “SpongeBob” becoming a surprise hit, the race for IPs continues to hit all forms of entertainment. As musicals for “Beetlejuice” and “Moulin Rouge!” hit the stage this year, another beloved film will receive the Broadway treatment. “Almost Famous” will make its way to the stage, with the Book and Lyrics to be penned by Cameron Crowe himself.
The 2000 film became a sensation across America, netting 4 Oscar nominations and one win that year. ACCA was far kinder to the film, delivering the film 9 nominations. The feature continues to age well in recent years, with the performances by Kate Hudson, Frances McDormand, and Billy Crudup continuing to stand out. Crowe’s semi-autobiography follows a young boy who gets a chance to write for Rolling Stone. As he follows his favorite band on tour, the fictional band Stillwater, William Miller (Patrick Fugit) comes of age.
The story obviously ties in well for a musical treatment. After all, the film already contained dozens of great musical moments. Tony-winning musician Tom Kitt (“Next to Normal“) will write the score and music. Crowe will write the lyrics with Kitt. “Almost Famous” borrowed heavily from the era, so it will be interesting to see if they choose to bring in source music from the era. After all, it would be a nice nod, even if the rest of the music will be original. There’s plenty of reason to be excited for this adaptation, which stands to be one of the more natural adaptations in recent memory.