‘It’s a continuation of the same kind of love letter to music’
If you love the tasteful palette of 70s rock anywhere near as much as 15-year-old journalist William Miller, then you’re in for a treat. The precocious young reporter from Cameron Crowe’s 2000 coming of age film Almost Famous makes his stage debut at San Diego’s Old Globe Theatre on September 13.
Almost Famous: The Musical will officially open to the public September 27, running until October 20. Crowe, who based much of the film on his own experience as a budding young journalist in the 1970s told the San Diego Union Tribune: “It’s so wild: So much of it was born in that mile or two radius around the Old Globe,” where he says his mother used to drag him to Shakespeare productions as a child.
Crowe also met his early mentor and respected rock-critic Lester Bangs nearby, “So this will be the third time the story kind of comes back home,” he adds, “the first is when it happened, the next is when we went back to film it. And now we bring the play back to the same neighbourhood.”
The musical, Crowe hopes, will act as “a continuation of the same kind of love letter to music and San Diego and community and all that stuff… The breakthrough was making sure it was as personal as the movie. Because it’s a personal story.”
Find out more about the stage production here and while you’re waiting for its release why not read back on our previous interview with the original film’s costume designer, which chronicles the most iconic looks.