One day, you’ll be cool, and one day, you’ll probably be made into a semi-autobiographical musical. For now, a musical adaptation of Almost Famous, the aching, nostalgic film about a young would-be rock journalist, a near-exploding band and their ‘Band Aids’ in the 70s, is in the works.
The 2000 film, written and directed by Cameron Crowe and starring Kate Hudson and Patrick Fugit, chronicles a teen journalist writing for Rolling Stone in the 70s, working on his first cover story on the band Stillwater. Based on Crowe’s own experiences as a young writer touring with bands like Lynyrd Skynyrd and Led Zeppelin, it touches into the glittery, murky world of rock stars and groupies, sex, drugs, and breakdowns. It rapidly became a cult film for its iconic quotes, blistering soundtrack – everyone knows that “Tiny Dancer” singalong in the tour van – and beautiful, faithful ode to 70s fashion.
Crowe is on board with this musical, something that could really help bringing the show to life. He’s writing the book for the musical, and co-writing lyrics with Tom Kitt (a Tony award winner for Next to Normal) with an original score. Jeremy Herrin of Wolf Hall is directing the show.
Musical reboots of films have been more than a thing in the last few years, from Heathers to Mean Girls and Pretty Woman.
No word yet on launch or any details on who will play Penny or Russell. You can read back on some of the biggest famous moments in Almost Famoushere.