It’s all happening. Following Mean Girls and Cruel Intentions, Almost Famous is the latest early-aughts movie to get the musical treatment.
On Tuesday, it was announced that Cameron Crowe’s 2000 film would be adapted into a musical. While Crowe will pen the adaptation—he wrote the Oscar-winning screenplay, after all—the Tony-winning composer Tom Kitt will create the score. The musical will be directed by Jeremy Herrin, whose credits include Wolf Hall, Noises Off, and People, Places and Things.
In a tweet posted last week, Crowe seemingly teased the project with a video featuring Kitt playing piano.
Almost Famous follows the journey of a 15-year-old boy who lands a once-in-a-lifetime assignment from Rolling Stone to write about a rising rock band. The assignment leads to a life-changing experience for the main character as he navigates professionalism and being swept up in the rock scene himself. The story was, in fact, a fictional version of Crowe’s experience working for the publication in the 1970s.
“I remember the first day of filming Almost Famous,” Crowe told Rolling Stone in an interview about the news. “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.”
While the film stars Kate Hudson, Billy Crudup, Patrick Fugit, Frances McDormand, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Zooey Deschanel, it’s unclear whether any of the cast will appear in the musical rendition of Almost Famous. There’s also no official timeline for the project’s release. Still, here’s way-too-early congratulations to the Broadway ingenue who eventually lands the role of Penny Lane. Best of luck, though, to the person who is charged with figuring out how to stage the “I am a Golden God” scene onstage.