It’s all happening! Broadway has seen critical and commercial success with new stage productions of popular movies. Audiences seem ready to sing along to a new musical, so it should be no surprise that the Kate Hudson film, Almost Famous, is gearing up for its on-stage debut.
This isn’t the first time the Kate Hudson movie has been brought to the stage, though it’s the first time it’s becoming a Broadway production. The musical adaptation was originally released at the Old Globe in San Diego in 2019, with a book adapted by filmmaker Cameron Crowe himself, and music and lyrics by Crowe and Tom Kitt (Next to Normal, Flying Over Sunset). According to Collider, the Broadway release in New York will expand the book by including additional music and lyrics that were not showcased in the San Diego version. The COVID-19 pandemic prevented the show from opening on Broadway sooner, and while not many details about casting are currently known about the Fall 2022 Broadway show, the official Almost Famous Instagram account has their bio exclaiming, “It’s all happening…Broadway 2022.”
The Kate Hudson movie, Almost Famous, tells the story of a young rock journalist named William Miller, assigned to write a piece for Rolling Stone magazine about an up-and-coming band called Stillwater. Joining their tour, William finds himself at a crossroads of journalistic integrity and popularity, as he meets an ensemble cast of characters that seem to challenge everything he knew about life. The supporting cast of would-be mentors to William includes Philip Seymour Hoffman as music journalist Lester Bangs, Kate Hudson as veteran “band aid” Penny Lane, Billy Crudup as lead singer Russell Hammond, and Frances McDormand as William’s mother, Elaine. Now, the hit movie is gearing up for a Fall 2022 Broadway show.
When it was first released to audiences in the late summer of 2000, Almost Famous became a pop culture treasure trove. Launching the careers of Kate Hudson and Patrick Fugit, Cameron Crowe’s semi-autobiographical film flashes back to an era that easily could have been forgotten. Borrowing sounds from popular bands of the 1970s like Elton John and Simon & Garfunkel, Almost Famous remains a hit with critics and moviegoers alike. As Deadline puts it, the fictional group of Stillwater was “reportedly based on the Allman Brothers, the Eagles and Poco, with Billy Crudup’s rock star character at one point screaming that he was a ‘golden god,’ a quote famously attributed to Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant.”
The film was a modest financial success when it was released, but its critical reception is what made it one of the best films of 2000. Cameron Crowe, Kate Hudson, and Frances McDormand were all nominated for Oscars at the 73rd Academy Awards, with Crowe winning for Best Original Screenplay, his only win to date. Almost Famous stands out as the film that year that won the Golden Globe for Best Picture (Musical or Comedy), the AFI Award for Movie of the Year, the Grammy Award for Best Compilation Soundtrack Album, as well as nominations for Best Film at the BAFTAs and Best Ensemble Cast at the Screen Actors Guild Awards.