‘Almost Famous’ @ Jacobs Theatre: NYC (10/24/22)

Almost Famous Round 3! Unexpectedly had a bunch of understudies on, including Broadway debut for Andrew Poston who played the lead role of William Miller! It was great to see some new faces in roles for my 3rd time seeing this show

I’m going to try and be as honest and open in my reviews as I can. Please note these are my personal opinions and I’m always open to discussions!

Show Name: Almost Famous
Show Type: Musical
Location: Jacobs Theatre, NYC
Date Seen: Monday, October 24, 2022

🎸✨ As I mentioned for the previous two times I’ve seen this (already), this show is still in previews so things can and will change – I’ve noticed changes each time I’ve seen the show since October 3rd and can’t wait to see the final results by opening night on November 3rd!

If you’re a fan of the movie, I do recommend checking out this musical adaptation. While waiting in line to go in I met a nice couple from Canada and the guy was telling me how Almost Famous is his favorite movie of all time and he can quote most of it. After the show we somehow saw each other again outside and he was almost in tears, he enjoyed the show so much (and he had just met Cameron Crowe) – I’m always happy for people when they have such great experiences like that!

This performance had Andrew Poston making his Broadway debut in the role of William Miller! Having seen this show 2x already I felt like I was in a good place to judge – and let me tell you, Andrew did amazing in this role. If you didn’t know he was an understudy you wouldn’t have been able to tell anything was different – which is the entire point! He flowed in with the regular cast seamlessly. His voice is great and his acting is on point. Really enjoyed seeing someone else in this lead role and I hope he gets to go on again. I did notice a few skipped or changed lines but it did not affect the overall performance at all and they were so minor, nobody (except me, who had seen the show twice already) would notice.

We also had Alisa Melendez as Estrella! She was on for a few nights and while Estrella doesn’t have the biggest role, I could tell Alisa had fun with it and did a great job as a Band-Aid!

The other notable understudy was Claire Kwon going on as Vic Nettles/Aaron, a role usually played by a male actor but switched genders for this night. Claire was incredible! She played those roles with such enthusiasm and I loved seeing the parts gender swapped – it didn’t change the story a huge amount but I loved seeing super fan of Led Zepplin “Vic” played by a woman. Claire was so fun in that role and I hope I can see her again in any role!

Alright so the changes I noticed. I can’t be 100% certain but in the Riot House hotel scene in Act 1, I feel like they either added a song or added some music or a scene. Something felt different about it but I couldn’t put my finger on it – but it was a good chance.

Another change was again the airplane scene – it was again changed from when I last saw it 2 weeks ago and it improves every time. This time instead of just sitting on the boxes their equipment gets stored in, they were sitting in “chairs” on those boxes, again tiered so you could see all 4 rows. I think this is the best version yet!

My complaints from previous posts still stand but at this point I don’t think any of those points will change. Actually, they might have said “it’s all happening” less – or maybe I just got used to it… Sapphire’s iconic phrase is still incorrect compared to the movie and it makes me upset. And “No attachments. No boundaries.” is a phrase that makes me scratch my head in confusion.

Once again I filmed the ending number/bows, aptly titled “Fever Dog Bows” which may be my favorite song of the show, since its the most rocking! I will admit the soundtrack is becoming catchy and I hope the cast recording is released soon.

After the performance I was able to catch Cameron Crowe in the lobby and say hi and grab a quick photo with him!! He’s very kind. My friend and I told him we’d see the show 3x now and he was impressed and we gave him a little feedback about our thoughts and he mentioned he wished there was a “focus group” of sorts so they could hear the audience feedback – I think that would be a cool thing. So he asked my name, and in my series of photos he said, “I’m presenting Melissa” and it was just so hilarious to me I was cracking up laughing, none of these photos are “good” but I love the memory of them!

Of course it was raining again because apparently I can’t see Almost Famous without it raining!!! A few of the actors came out to sign at stage door but again it was pretty chaotic. I was able to finally grab a photo with Drew Gehling, who plays Jeff Bebe, lead singer of Stillwater. He was super cool and nice even in the rain!

I also had Andrew and Solea sign my playbill but didn’t get photos with them since it was a bit busy and everyone was congratulating Andrew on his debut! It was such a fun night and I can’t wait to see this show again soon after it officially opens on November 3rd – or on November 3rd if the Broadway powers that be let me into opening night!

Have you ever seen the movie Almost Famous?
What do you think of it?

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3 thoughts on “‘Almost Famous’ @ Jacobs Theatre: NYC (10/24/22)

  1. Great review!

    Wow, that’s so cool that you’ve already seen this show three times! And so cool that you got to meet Cameron Crowe!

    Glad to hear the score is good, but I’m not surprised because Tom Kitt is involved in the score and he is such a great composer. I am such a fan of his work on Next to Normal.

    Hopefully, I’ll get around to seeing this show at some point because based on your review it sounds amazing!

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    1. Thanks for reading!!

      It was very cool meeting Cameron Crowe, something I never expected to do but he’s very nice too 🙂

      Yes, the show had Tom Kitt in its favor which I’m so glad about.

      I really hope you can see it and can’t wait to hear your thoughts when you do~! 😉

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