The world premiere of a new musical based on director Cameron Crowe’s much-loved movie of 2000, Almost Famous, has been confirmed for later this year. Producers Lia Vollack have announced that the show will open at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego in September.
The Californian location for the opening is significant: Crowe grew up in San Diego and used it as the setting for the story of a teenage reporter for Rolling Stone, based on his own experiences working for the magazine. “The story has always been a personal one for me and it is a special thrill that we are coming to the Old Globe,” he said in a statement.
“We used to live in an apartment on Sixth Street across from Balboa Park and the Old Globe. I first met [famed Rolling Stone writer] Lester Bangs less than a mile away from where the Almost Famous musical will open. It all feels a little bit like fun destiny to bring this story about loving music back to San Diego, where it all began.”
The book for the musical version has been written by Crowe himself, based on his screenplay, which won one of the film’s four Academy Awards. The soundtrack for the movie also won a Grammy Award. Music is by Tom Kitt, a double Tony Award winner, and lyrics by Kitt and Crowe. The musical will be directed by the Tony nominee Jeremy Herrin, the English theatre director whose credits include People, Places and Things, The Absence of War and Labour of Love. Casting for the musical will be announced in due course.
A press release for the new show says: “Almost Famous is about a young man finding his place in the world and the indelible characters he meets along the way, featuring classic hits, in addition to the new songs by Kitt.”