Cameron Crowe Adapting 'Almost Famous' Into Stage Musical
It's all happening! A musical adaptation of "Almost Famous" is heading to the stage.
Cameron Crowe will turn the Oscar-winning script of his semi-autobiographical 2000 movie into the show's book, while Tony-winning composer Tom Kitt ("Next to Normal") will provide the score. The two will collaborate on lyrics.
Last week, Crowe teased the project on Twitter with a video of Kitt at the piano and it confirmed Tuesday by Lia Vollack on behalf of Columbia Live Stage.
"Almost Famous" followed a teen music lover/aspiring journalist (then unknown Patrick Fugit) who bluffs his way into following his favorite band on tour and writing about it for Rolling Stone. It was loosely based on Crowe's experiences as a young music journalist.
While the band at the heart of the movie, Stillwater, was fictional, the movie's soundtrack included big names like David Bowie, Elton John, Led Zeppelin, and Lynyrd Skynyrd. And Stillwater's big hit, "Fever Dog," was written by Crowe's then-wife, Heart's Nancy Wilson.
Turning movies into musicals has become the latest rage, with "Mean Girls," "Pretty Woman," and "Waitress" all taking Broadway by storm recently.