, 2022-12-21 18:30:56,
In the realm of creativity, inspiration is currency, and the muse holds unimaginable power. While the famous figurehead may get the glory, it is the “almost” famous that make the magic. Their power is exerted publicly in small ways, their impact outsized through the megaphone of their chosen creative. These figures often take on mythological significance: Yoko Ono and John Lennon, Jane Asher and Paul McCartney, Pattie Boyd and George Harrison—just to name the Beatles corollaries.
Decades after the swinging ’60s shot many of these muses to backstage stardom, the “rockstar girlfriend” aesthetic remains a trending fashion touchstone, ranging from the glamorous confidence of mid-century figures like Bianca Jagger to the casual cool of modern icons like Alexa Chung.
In Almost Famous the Musical, these women are called the “Band-Aids” (don’t call them groupies). They fulfill a similar role onstage as their real-life counterparts did in the wings: Led by the borderline-divine Penny Lane (based on the real life Pennie Ann Trumbull, and brought to life onstage by Solea Pfeiffer), the quartet are based directly on the women Cameron Crowe met as a teenager on the road for Rolling Stone. It was their influence that inspired the Oscar-winning Almost Famous film, and now the stage musical.
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