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Almost Famous

September 13 - October 20

Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage
Old Globe Theatre
Conrad Prebys Theatre Center

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Almost Famous
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Summary

Book and lyrics by Cameron Crowe
Music and lyrics by Tom Kitt
Directed by Jeremy Herrin

It’s all happening… San Diego, 1973. Led Zeppelin is king, Richard Nixon is President, and idealistic 15-year-old William Miller is an aspiring music journalist. When Rolling Stone magazine hires him to go on the road with an up-and-coming band, William is thrust into the rock-and-roll circus, where his love of music, his longing for friendship, and his integrity as a writer collide. Written by Academy Award winner Cameron Crowe based on his iconic film, Almost Famous is about a young man finding his place in the world and the indelible characters he meets along the way. Directed by Tony Award nominee Jeremy Herrin, it features classic hits as well as new songs by Pulitzer Prize and two-time Tony Award winner Tom Kitt. This joyous world premiere is a celebration of community and the power of music. Contains strong language.

Production Sponsors
Terry Atkinson and Kathy Taylor
Peter Cooper and Erik Matwijkow
Elaine and Dave Darwin
Una Davis and Jack McGrory
HM Electronics, Inc.
Darlene Marcos Shiley
Viasat
Sheryl and Harvey White

Artist Sponsors for Colin Donnell (Russell Hammond)
Ellise and Michael Coit

Artist Sponsors for Solea Pfeiffer (Penny Lane)
Arlene and Richard Esgate

Artist Sponsor for Tom Kitt (composer and lyricist)
Mandell Weiss Charitable Trust

 

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Cast and Creatives

Cast

Creatives

Cameron Crowe (Book and Lyrics) covered music and culture as a journalist for such publications as Rolling Stone, Playboy, The New York Times, Newsweek,and Los Angeles Times. His first book, the nonfiction study of a year in the life of a California high school, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, became a best seller, and his subsequent screenplay was nominated for Best Comedy Adapted from Another Medium by the Writers Guild of America. His other film credits include Jerry Maguire, nominated for five Academy Awards including Best Original Screenplay and Best Picture. That year, Crowe also received a nomination from the Directors Guild of America for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film, and received the PEN Literary Award for Screenplay. He next penned Conversations with Wilder, a heralded collection of interviews with the legendary director Billy Wilder. The book was published by Knopf in November 1999. (Wilder, with tongue firmly in cheek, declared it “the best book I’ve ever read.”) Almost Famous, released in September 2000, was the culmination of a 10-year journey to put Crowe’s experiences working for Rolling Stone on film. It received four Golden Globe Awards and four Academy Award nominations. It received two Golden Globes (Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical, and Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Kate Hudson), and Crowe was awarded the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay and the Grammy Award for Best Compilation Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media. His other credits include such films as Say Anything…,Vanilla Sky, Elizabethtown,and We Bought a Zoo. His documentary work includes Elton John’s The Union and Pearl Jam Twenty. Crowe’s most recent work was producing the documentary David Crosby: Remember My Name, which debuted at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival.

Tom Kitt (Music and Lyrics, Orchestrations and Arrangements), received the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama as well as two Tony Awards for Best Original Score and Best Orchestrations for Next to Normal. He is also the composer of If/Then, High Fidelity, Bring It On: The Musical (co-composer with Lin-Manuel Miranda), Superhero (Second Stage Theater), Disney’s Freaky Friday (stage production and Disney Channel Original Movie), Dave (Arena Stage), and The Winter’s Tale, All’s Well That Ends Well,and Cymbeline (The Public Theater’s New York Shakespeare Festival). As a music supervisor, arranger, and orchestrator, his credits include SpongeBob SquarePants, Head Over Heels, Jagged Little Pill, Grease Live!,“Rise”(NBC), and American Idiot. He received an Emmy Award as co-writer (with Miranda) for the 2013 Tony Award opening number, “Bigger!” As a musical director, conductor, arranger, and orchestrator, his credits include the Pitch Perfect films, 2CELLOS featuring Lang Lang (“Live and Let Die”), “The Kennedy Center Honors,” 13, Everyday Rapture, Laugh Whore, Deaf West Theatre’s Pippin, and These Paper Bullets.

Jeremy Herrin (Director) is Artistic Director of Headlong, where his credits include This House (National Theatre, West End, U.K. tour), Labour of Love (West End), People, Places & Things (National Theatre, West End, U.K. tour, New York), The House They Grew Up In (Chichester Festival Theatre), Common (National Theatre), Junkyard (Bristol Old Vic, Theatr Clwyd, Rose Theatre Kingston), Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme (international tour), The Absence of War (U.K. tour), and The Nether (Royal Court Theatre, West End). His other theatre work includes Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies (Royal Shakespeare Company, West End, Broadway), That Face (Royal Court Theatre, West End), Tusk Tusk, No Quarter, Hero and Kin, The Heretic, The Priory, and The Vertical Hour (Royal Court Theatre), The Plough and the Stars (National Theatre), The Moderate Soprano (Hampstead Theatre), The Tempest, Much Ado About Nothing (Shakespeare’s Globe), and Uncle Vanya (Chichester Festival Theatre).

Lorin Latarro (Choreography) choreographed The Heart of Rock & Roll at The Old Globe last year. She choreographed Broadway and West End’s Waitress, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, and Waiting for Godot with Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen, and she was Associate Choreographer on The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and American Idiot. Her additional choreography credits include La Traviata (The Metropolitan Opera), Merrily We Roll Along (Roundabout Theatre Company), Chess (The Kennedy Center), Twelfth Night (The Public Theater’s Public Works), Superhero (Second Stage Theater), Lin-Manuel Miranda’s 21 Chump Street and Peter and the Wolf (Brooklyn Academy of Music), Assassins, Fanny, and God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater (City Center Encores!), Queen of the Night, As You Like It with director Michael Mayer (Tokyo), A Christmas Carol (McCarter Theatre Center), Kiss Me, Kate (Barrington Stage Company), and The Best Is Yet to Come (59E59 Theaters). Latarro has also directed A Taste of Things to Come (Broadway Playhouse) and #DateMe (Westside Theatre). She has performed in 12 Broadway shows and danced for Twyla Tharp, MOMIX, and Martha Graham. Latarro is also a Bucks County Playhouse Artistic Associate and a graduate of The Juilliard School. Upcoming she will choreograph The Outsiders for Goodman Theatre.

Derek McLane (Scenic Design) has designed over 350 productions on Broadway, Off Broadway, internationally, regionally, and on television. He was last at The Old Globe with The Heart of Rock & Roll and In Your Arms. His Broadway credits include Moulin Rouge! The Musical, American Son, Burn This, The Price, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, Fully Committed, Noises Off, Gigi, Anything Goes, Ragtime, 33 Variations, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, The Heiress, Nice Work If You Can Get It, Follies, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, Million Dollar Quartet, The Pajama Game, and I Am My Own Wife. His Off Broadway credits include If I Forget, Love Love Love, The Night of the Iguana, Sweet Charity, Buried Child, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Spoils, Into the Woods, Ruined, Macbeth, and Hurlyburly. McLane’s television credits include the Academy Awards (2013–2018) and the live NBC musicals The Sound of Music, Peter Pan, The Wiz, and Hairspray. He has received Tony, Emmy, Obie, Drama Desk, Lucille Lortel, and Art Directors Guild Awards. He is on the board of directors at The New Group and Fiasco Theater and has been a mentor for Theatre Development Fund’s Open Doors program for the past 17 years.

David Zinn (Costume Design) recently designed the scenery and costumes for the Broadway productions of Choir Boy, The Boys in the Band, SpongeBob SquarePants (Tony and Drama Desk Awards), Fun Home (Tony nomination), Amelie, and The Last Ship. He designed scenery for The Waverly Gallery, Torch Song, Present Laughter, and The Humans (Tony Award), and costumes for A Doll’s House, Part 2 (Tony nomination) and Airline Highway (Tony nomination). Off Broadway he has designed sets and costumes for Hamlet and Fun Home (The Public Theater); Othello (New York Theatre Workshop); and The Flick, Kin, and Circle Mirror Transformation, all with director Sam Gold (Playwrights Horizons). Regionally he recently designed scenery for Ms. Blakk for President (Steppenwolf Theatre Company), Diana (La Jolla Playhouse), and Seascape (American Conservatory Theater).

Natasha Katz (Lighting Design)has designed extensively for theatre, opera, dance, concerts, and permanent lighting installations around the world. She is a six-time Tony Award winner whose recent Broadway credits include Springsteen on Broadway; Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune; All My Sons; Burn This; The Prom; Frozen; Hello, Dolly!; Long Day’s Journey into Night; the revival of Cats; School of Rock; An American in Paris; Aladdin; Skylight; The Glass Menagerie; and Once. Her recent dance credits include Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, The Winter’s Tale, and Tryst (The Royal Ballet), Cinderella (Dutch National Ballet, English National Ballet), and The Nutcracker (Joffrey Ballet). She is a Theatre Development Fund Wendy Wasserstein Project Mentor.

Peter Hylenski (Sound Design) is a Grammy, Olivier, seven-time Tony Award nominee. His select designs include Frozen, Moulin Rouge! The Musical, Anastasia, Once on This Island, Beetlejuice, Something Rotten!, King Kong, Rock of Ages, After Midnight, Motown The Musical, The Scottsboro Boys, Side Show, Rocky, Bullets Over Broadway, Shrek The Musical, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, Lend Me a Tenor, Elf, Wonderland, Cry-Baby, The Times They Are A-Changin’, The Wedding Singer, Sweet Charity, and Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me. He has designed for Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall, Madison Square Garden, and The Kennedy Center.

Bryan Perri (Music Director) As music director: Broadway: Wicked, Chaplin, Jagged Little Pill (opening this winter). Off Broadway: Superhero, Dogfight, Vanities at 2nd Stage; Freaky Friday (Music Supervisor) at Signature. Jagged Little Pill at A.R.T. National tour: Next to Normal, Altar Boyz, Born to Dance (Arranger, Orchestrator & Music Director; premiering on Princess Cruises in association with Stephen Schwartz). Music director and arranger for Lindsay Mendez and Aaron Tveit- most recently performing at the American Songbook Series at Lincoln Center and Webster Hall. Resident Musical Supervisor & Founding Member, ACT of Connecticut (a new equity theater in Ridgefield, CT).

Daniel Green (Associate Music Director) is a pianist, music director and composer. Broadway playing/conducting credits include In Transit (Associate MD), Rocky (Associate Conductor), An American in Paris, Big Fish, Matilda, Peter and the Starcatcher, The Addams Family, and Wicked. Other credits include Ever After (Alliance) The Wild Party (Encores!) Theory of Relativity (Goodspeed) and Between the Lines (Kansas City Rep). Composing credits include “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee;” The Museum of Broken Relationships, winner of the Holof Lyricist Award at the O’Neill National Music Theatre Conference; The Remarkable Journey of Prince Jen, presented at the ASCAP Musical Theatre Workshop for Stephen Schwartz; and Window Treatment, produced off-Broadway at TBG Theatre. www.danielgreenmusic.com.

AnnMarie Milazzo (Vocal Design) served as vocal designer for Broadway’s Spring Awakening, Next to Normal, If/Then, and Finding Neverland. Her Off Broadway credits include Carrie, Bright Lights Big City, and Superhero. Her regional credits include Dangerous Beauty, Prometheus Bound, Some Lovers, Dave, and A Walk on the Moon. Milazzo served as the Broadway orchestrator, with Michael Starobin, for Once on This Island, for which she was nominated for Tony, Grammy, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Awards.She is the composer and lyricist of Pretty Dead Girl, winner of the Special Jury Award at the Sundance Film Festival, and the lyricist of Le Rêve and Le Perle. Milazzo is the Grammy-nominated female vocalist for East Village Opera Company on Decca/Universal Records.

Campbell Young Associates (Hair, Wig, and Makeup Design) designed the Broadway productions of King Lear; Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus; To Kill a Mockingbird; The Waverly Gallery; Head Over Heels; Carousel; Three Tall Women; Meteor Shower; Hello, Dolly!; 1984; Front Page; The Crucible; Misery; Sylvia; Betrayal; It’s Only a Play; Les Misérables; One Man, Two Guvnors; and Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. For New York and the West End, they designed Ink, The Ferryman, Girl from the North Country, Farinelli and the King, Groundhog Day, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, American Psycho, The Cripple of Inishmaan, Matilda, Ghost, Billy Elliot: The Musical, La Bête, Private Lives, and Rock ’n’ Roll.Their further West End credits include Rosmersholm, All About Eve, Company, TINA – The Tina Turner Musical, Funny Girl, City of Angels, High Society, Gypsy, Guys and Dolls, The Bodyguard, Present Laughter, A Christmas Carol, and Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax.They designed the operas Don Carlos and L’Enfant et les Sortileges (Bolshoi Opera) and Anna Nicole (Brooklyn Academy of Music). Their television credits include “Downton Abbey,” “The Americans,” and “Orange Is the New Black.”

Anjee Nero (Production Stage Manager) has previously worked on The Old Globe’s world premiere musicals Clint Black’s Looking for Christmas, The Heart of Rock & Roll, Benny & Joon, October Sky, Bright Star, Dog and Pony, Allegiance, A Room with a View, and Kingdom. Some additional credits include Life After; The Tempest; The Wanderers; Picasso at the Lapin Agile; Kiss Me, Kate; The Twenty-seventh Man; The Winter’s Tale; Be a Good Little Widow; and Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show. Ms. Nero worked on the Broadway production of Bright Star and launched the first national tour. Her select La Jolla Playhouse credits include Sideways directed by Des McAnuff, Ruined directed by Liesl Tommy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream directed by Christopher Ashley, and Herringbone directed by Roger Rees and starring BD Wong. Ms. Nero has worked with several prominent regional theatres including The Kennedy Center, Center Theatre Group, Hartford Stage, SITI Company, Huntington Theatre Company, and Berkeley Repertory Theatre, to name a few.

Events

Vicki and Carl Zeiger Insights Seminars

This series provides Old Globe patrons with an opportunity to closely connect with productions both onstage and backstage. A panel selected from the artistic company of each show (playwrights, actors, directors, designers, and/or technicians) engages patrons in an informal and illuminating presentation of ideas and insights to enhance the theatre going experience. Each Insights Seminar takes place 90 minutes before curtain time on the Tuesday after performances begin, and includes an informal reception 30 minutes before the start. FREE; no reservations necessary.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.

 

Post-Show Forums

Join us after the show for an informal and enlightening question-and-answer session with cast members. Get the "inside story" on creating a character and putting together a professional production. Post-show forums are scheduled after select Tuesday and Wednesday evening performances. FREE; no reservations necessary.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

 

Subject Matters

Explore the ideas and issues raised by a production through brief, illuminating post-show discussions with local experts, such as scientists, artists, historians and scholars. Subject Matters will ignite discussion, bring the play's concerns into sharp focus, and encourage you to think beyond the stage! Subject Matters discussions follow select Saturday matinee performances. FREE; no reservations necessary.

Saturday, October 5, 2019

 

Open Caption Performance

Open captioning is live text displayed simultaneously to the performance and does not require the user to have any special equipment for viewing the text. Please contact our Ticket Services Department at (619) 23-GLOBE (234-5623) or Tickets@TheOldGlobe.org to purchase tickets within view of the captioning screen. Tickets for open-caption performances go on sale on the single-ticket on-sale date and are subject to availability. Support for open captioning is provided in part by TDF. This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Saturday, October 19, 2019 at 2:00 p.m.