Producers Lia Vollack and Michael Cassel said Monday that Almost Famous will wrap up on Broadway this Sunday, January 8.
In a statement, the producers said popular music like the one it celebrates will continue. “We look forward to the cast’s recording release March 17, and to many more productions in communities across the country and the world, for years to come.”
The musical, which is performing at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre, debuted on October 3 and opened on November 3.
The latest: Almost Famous will end its run on Broadway on Sunday, January 8, producers Lia Vollack and Michael Cassel said Monday. Casey Lake is seen among the cast in a promotional photo for the production
The outlet reported that it would have wrapped its run after a total of 30 previews and 77 showings, noting that box office totals indicated that theaters were 74 percent full.
The closure of the musical, an adaptation of Cameron Crowe’s 2000 film, comes amid a competitive slate on Broadway and the coronavirus affecting tourism in New York. Other fall season musicals that recently announced its closing include Ain’t No Mo’, A Strange Loop, KPOP, and Walking With Ghosts.
Amid mixed reviews, the show’s earnings weren’t enough to recoup its expenses, according to The New York Times.
The show has been capitalized by as much as $18 million, the producers told the Securities and Exchange Commission in a filing, noting that they have not made a refund, but are optimistic about the cast’s upcoming album and future performances elsewhere.
Cameron Crowe photographed with Paul Rudd at the movie’s Broadway premiere on November 3
Crowe and collaborator Tom Kitt, who co-wrote the lyrics, were seen last month in NYC while the cast taped for the production
The musical, which is being performed at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre, debuted on October 3 and opened on November 3.
The musical, which stars Chris Wood, Anika Larsen, Solia Pfeiffer, Drew Gilling, Rob Colletti and Casey Likekat, is directed by Jeremy Herren and choreographed by Sarah Ogleby, with music and lyrics by Tom Kitt.
It was a 1970s coming-of-age tale based on Crowe’s experiences as a young Rolling Stone writer assigned to cover a rock band.
Crowe won the Best Original Screenplay Oscar for the 2000 film, which starred Kate Hudson, Frances McDormand, Billy Crudup and the late Philip Seymour Hoffman.
Crew told Rolling Stone in 2018 that he felt a strong sense of nostalgia in the re-format of the film for the theatre.
“I remember the first day of shooting Almost Famous, we were standing in downtown San Diego, shooting a scene with Philip Seymour Hoffman on the same street that I met Lester Bangs,” said Crowe, who has directed films such as Jerry Maguire, Vanilla Sky, Say Anything for the first time. It felt surreal. It felt like a miracle.
I called a friend up and said, “How did you get here?” He laughed and said, “Have fun, it won’t happen again.”
The cast was shown with actor Eric Stonestreet after his November 30 performance
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