Last year, producers announced that a musical theater adaptation of Cameron Crowe’s 2000 film Almost Famous was in the works. Now, a date has been set for the play’s world premiere. Almost Famous: The Musical will debut on September 13 at San Diego’s Old Globe Theatre. The play’s official opening night will follow on September 27 at the Old Globe, where it will run until October 20.
The play will be directed by Jeremy Herrin and feature music by Tom Kitt, with lyrics by Kitt and Crowe. In an interview with The San Diego Union-Tribune published earlier today (April 26), Crowe spoke of the film’s setting in his hometown of San Diego, and expressed excitement that the musical would premiere in the same city that inspired the film. “It’s so wild: So much of it was born in that mile or two radius around the Old Globe.” he said, adding that he originally met rock critic Lester Bangs in the same neighborhood at a nearby radio station (Crowe recreated the memory in an early Almost Famous scene).