Reviews: What Do Critics Think of Cameron Crowe’s Almost Famous Musical on Broadway?
Based on the Oscar winner’s 2000 love letter to rock-n-roll film, the musical features a score with new songs by Crowe and Tony-winning composer Tom Kitt.
The reviews are rolling in for the Broadway premiere of Almost Famous, a musical adaptation of filmmaker Cameron Crowe’s 2000 movie. The show officially opened at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theater November 3, following previews that began October 3.
Set in 1973, the story follows a 15-year-old aspiring music journalist who Rolling Stone hires to go on tour with an up-and-coming rock band. Crowe won an Oscar for his semi-autobiographical screenplay chronicling his own time as a young journalist with The Allman Brothers Band and Led Zeppelin.
The cast also features Solea Pfeiffer as groupie Penny Lane, Chris Wood as the band’s guitarist Russell Hammond, Casey Likes as teen writer William Miller, Tony nominee Anika Larsen as William’s mother Elaine, Drew Gehling as the band’s lead singer Jeff Bebe, and Rob Colletti as journalist Lester Bangs.
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Cititour (Brian Scott Lipton)
The Daily Beast (Tim Teeman)
Entertainment Weekly (Dalton Ross)
The Hollywood Reporter (David Rooney)
New York Daily News (Chris Jones)*
New York Magazine/Vulture (Jackson McHenry)*
New York Post (Johnny Oleksinski)
New York Stage Review (David Finkle and Sandy MacDonald)
New York Theater (Jonathan Mandell)
New York Theater Guide (Joe Dziemianowicz)
The New York Times (Jesse Green)*
Theatermania (Kenji Fujishima)
Theatrically (Juan A. Ramirez)
Variety (Frank Rizzo)
Wall Street Journal (Charles Isherwood)*
The Washington Post (Peter Marks)*
The Wrap (Robert Hofler)
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Playbill will continue to update this list as reviews come in.
The cast also includes Matt Bittner, Chad Burris, Gerard Canonico, Julia Cassandra, Brandon Contreras, Jakeim Hart, Van Hughes, Jana Djenne Jackson, Katie Ladner, Danny Lindgren, Erica Mansfield, Alisa Melendez, Kevin Perdido, Andrew Poston, Emily Schultheis, Daniel Sovich, Libby Winters, and Matthew C. Yee.
Almost Famous is directed by Tony nominee Jeremy Herrin and features a book and lyrics by Crowe and music and lyrics by Tony and Pulitzer winner Tom Kitt.
The creative team includes choreographer Sarah O’Gleby, music supervisor Bryan Perri, scenic designer Derek McLane, costume designer David Zinn, lighting designer Natasha Katz, sound designer Peter Hylenski, hair and makeup designer Luc Verschueren, and physical movement coordinator Lorenzo Pisoni. Kitt has penned arrangements and orchestrations, and vocal design will be by AnnMarie Milazzo. The production is cast by Jim Carnahan.
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