Jimmy Fallon to Reprise ‘Almost Famous’ Role in Surprise Shows
Jimmy Fallon may be hitting the Great White Way soon.
The 48-year-old comedian would reprise his role as band manager Dennis Hope during select performances of the musical adaptation of « Almost Famous » on Broadway, reports Deadline.
News of Fallon’s surprise cameos on the show comes after he received an open invitation from the film’s director, Cameron Crowe, when he appeared on « The Tonight Show » in July 2019.
« I’m speechless, » Fallon said.
« Almost Famous » tells the story of William Miller – an aspiring music journalist for Rolling Stone magazine – and an up-and-coming band called Stillwater as they grapple with fame and its aftermath.
The 2000 film – which stars Jason Lee, Kate Hudson, Fallon, the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, Zooey Deschanel, Billy Crudup and several others – was considered a semi-autobiographical film because Crowe himself was a teenage writer for RollingStone.
The exact dates and number of times Fallon is expected to appear on stage have been kept under wraps, according to Deadline.
The Post has reached out to Crowe and Fallon for comment.
« In the spirit of the musical and the cast being our ‘group,’ we love the idea of our favorites and future favorites participating in the ‘jam,' » Crowe said.
« It all started with Jimmy – as a link between the two [film and musical] castings.
Crowe confirmed that other people had expressed interest in playing cameo roles, such as MSNBC reporter John Heilemann, but did not specify a date.
“Almost Famous” is currently in preview and is set to open November 3, 2022 at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theater.