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Cameron Crowe turning ‘Almost Famous’ into a musical


Cameron Crowe‘s terrific 2000 film Almost Famous, which was loosely based on his years as a teenage music critic for Rolling Stone, is being turned into a stage musical. Cameron Crowe is writing the book, with music by Tom Kitt (who worked on Green Day’s American Idiot) and lyrics by Kitt and Crowe. Jeremy Herrin (People, Places and Things) will direct. Crowe talked with his old employers Rolling Stone about the project, which has been in the works for a couple years:

“I remember the first day of filming Almost Famous,” the director and writer recalls for RS now. “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.”

“It doesn’t even feel like work,” Crowe continues. “It feels like a new adventure, a natural progression but still true to the question that started it all. ‘What do you love about music?’. Can’t wait to bring it to you in the coming months.”

No other info about the musical has been shared yet — stay tuned. Crowe won Best Original Screenplay for Almost Famous and Kate Hudson and Frances McDormand were both nominated for Best Supporting Actress.

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