A musical based on Almost Famous, Cameron Crowe’s beloved 2000 movie about a teenage journalist’s adventures working at Rolling Stone magazine, will have its world premiere in San Diego on Sept. 13 at The Old Globe Theater.
Producers Lia Vollack announced the news of the production on Friday morning (April 26) on behalf of Columbia Live Stage, Joey Parnes, Sue Wagner and John Johnson, revealing that opening night is set for Sept. 27 in the city where Crowe grew up and set the film’s story.
“The story has always been a personal one for me and it is a special thrill that we are coming to the Old Globe,” Crowe 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 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 show will open the 2019-2020 season at the Old Globe, with the musical’s book written by Crowe based on his Oscar-winning screenplay, with music by two-time Tony winner Tom Kitt and lyrics by Kitt and Crowe; the show will be directed by Tony nominee Jeremy Herrin.
Set in 1973, the story unfolds in the twilight of the Watergate-besieged Nixon presidency, and follows idealistic 15 year-old aspiring music journalist William Miller. “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,” reads a press release. Casting and other news about the show will be announced at a later date.