Almost Famous Essays

I'm Almost Famous co-authored with Bob Baldori

An evening of dynamic, live, rock and roll, blues and boogie woogie combined with a bemused look at the life and times of a piano player who refuses to sell his soul to become rich and famous. It�s the reversal of an old theme. The play�s spirit and sentiment is positive and hopeful; you may or may not become a rich rock star and a household name, but you can aspire to do good work and reach your audience.

Selected Reviews and Comments:

�The comedy and music are sophisticated, top-quality theater.� Chicago Tribune

�What rock and roll used to feel like before it became hype and big business.� Lansing Star.

�The satire scores and the boogie booms. ... It�s a joy to watch these actors and music makers. They are exceptional at what they do.� Grand Rapids Press

Performed at the following theaters:

Apollo Theatre, Chicago, July-September 1984
Les Idees, Grand Rapids, January, February 1983
The Wharton Center Festival Stage, Michigan State University, March 1983
Boarshead Regional Theatre, Lansing, MI August 1982


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Essay about Almost Famous: Sex, Drugs, and Rock-n-Roll

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“I’m a golden god,” Russell Hammond shouts from a roof top as he is about to jump off into a pool from a bad acid trip. The iconic rock-n-roll scene of inflated egos and strung out rock stars. However, this is a rare occurrence in Almost Famous. It is a story of a boy, William Miller (Patrick Fugit), becoming a man while learning about the rock-n-roll culture with his only true friend, his tape recorder. William, age fifteen, is traveling with the band Stillwater to interview them for a Rolling Stone article, along the way he has many interesting experiences. Some of these including letting all the groupies stay in his room, almost crashing on an airplane with the band, and falling in love with the illustrious Penny Lane.
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The final two main characters are Anita Miller (Zooey Deschanel) and her mother Elaine Miller (Frances McDormand). These characters are foils of each other and thus give William a well-rounded childhood. While mother Elaine hates rock music, daughter Anita worships it. When Anita turns eighteen she decides to leave home to become a flight attendant. Upon leaving she gives her records to William claiming ‘They will change your life.’ This gives William his first encounter with true rock and does in fact change his life. Mother Elaine may be portrayed as the overbearing and oppressive mother by Anita, but she really just seems to be concerned about her son’s wellbeing. A.O. Scott gives an unique description of Elaine, “Their protective mother, a college professor portrayed with glowing intelligence and scary intensity...” If it is not for Elaine, William would most likely have taken drugs at some point and may have never finished his article. Because of her, the audience is given the constant reminder that the world the band lives in is not the same as the world William lives in.
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