Review: Almost Famous Feels Almost Pointless

November 3, 2022, 10:46.18 pm ET  

Photo: Matthew Murphy                                                                                          

By Brian Scott Lipton

“You are dealing with a virulent strain of pud-pulling mediocrity here,” the famed rock journalist Lester Bangs (an amusing if slightly overwrought Rob Colletti) screams to his 15-year-old protégé William Miller (the appealing Casey Likes) early on in “Almost Famous: The Musical,” the long-simmering musical adaptation of Cameron Crowe's semi-autobiographical film, now at Broadway’s Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre. And while the target of Bangs’ tirade is the fictional 1973 band Stillwater, his statement sadly turns out to be a perfect summation of this disappointing theatrical enterprise, which fails to capture almost any of the magic of Crowe’s 1990 movie. Continue reading... 


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