'Almost Famous' Stage Musical in the Works

Almost Famous
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Patrick Fugit and Kate Hudson in Almost Famous.

The musical, based on Cameron Crowe's 2000 film starring Kate Hudson, will be directed by Jeremy Herrin.

It's all happening. Eighteen years after Almost Famous hit theaters, Cameron Crowe's 2000 movie is set to be a musical. The project was announced Tuesday morning (Sept. 25).

Tony-winning composer Tom Kitt (Next to Normal) will provide the score, while Crowe will pen the book for the stage adaptation of his Oscar-winning film, which starred Kate Hudson, Billy Crudup, Patrick Fugit, Frances McDormand, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Zooey Deschanel, among others. Crowe will also co-write the lyrics to the musical with Kitt.

Last week, Crowe seemingly teased the project when he posted a video of Kitt playing the piano.

Almost Famous tells the coming-of-age story of a 15-year-old music enthusiast named William (played by Fugit), who scores a life-changing assignment at Rolling Stone. The movie was a fictional retelling of Crowe's experience working for the famed magazine in the 1970s.

“I remember the first day of filming Almost Famous,” Crowe recalled to Rolling Stone about the news, saying the show will arrive in the coming months. "We were standing in downtown San Diego, shooting a scene with Phillip Seymour Hoffman on the very same street where I’d first met Lester Bangs. It felt surreal. It felt like a miracle. I called a friend of mine and said, ‘How did I get here?’ He laughed and said, ‘Enjoy it, this won’t happen again.’ The current miracle is that the feeling is coming alive again."

Crowe won the Oscar for best screenplay, and Hudson and McDormand were both nominated in the best supporting actress category. Lia Vollack on behalf of Columbia Live Stage, Joey Parnes, Sue Wagner and John Johnson serve as producers on the film's musical counterpart. Herrin — a Brit whose New York credits include Wolf HallNoises Off and People, Places and Things — will direct.

So far, there is no official word on casting or a timeline, though the production team suggests the show is Broadway-bound.

This article originally appeared on The Hollywood Reporter.


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