Joni Mitchell sees ‘Almost Famous,’ her first Broadway show

Music legend Joni Mitchell, who turns 79 next week, attended the opening performance of Cameron Crowe’s ‘Almost Famous’ on Thursday night, and it turns out it was the first time ever. she was attending a show on Broadway.

A spy overheard Mitchell telling fellow audience member Clive Davis “she had never seen a show on Broadway before,” they told Page Six.

Mitchell revealed the detail to Davis during the show’s intermission, but we hear she “made a dramatic entrance” just before the show started.

“She smiled at the photographers and received a huge standing ovation,” the source said.

Mitchell was seated next to Clive Davis and was heard telling him it was his first time on Broadway.

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Mitchell was seated next to Clive Davis and was heard telling him it was his first time on Broadway.

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But it wasn’t Mitchell’s first time seeing the show.

She sang the show’s praises to Broadway legend Tommy Tune, explaining that she had actually attended the opening of the musical’s San Diego premiere and loved it then.

Our source heard Mitchell describe the show as “better now and better than the movie!”

We’re told the cast was eager to meet Mitchell after Thursday night’s performance.

They waited on stage to greet her and take pictures, followed by a champagne toast, we’re told. Jann Wenner, Paul Rudd, Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski were among other notables who appeared on opening night.

Pennie Trumbull, who inspired the character Penny Lane, was also in the audience.

The cast celebrated with an afterparty at the Civilian Hotel’s Starchild Rooftop.

Crowe told the Post about the film’s success: “It was actually demolished by a reissue of ‘The Exorcist,’ a 1973 film” upon its release. He added: “There was also a Jamie Foxx movie that came out this weekend which did really well. But what happened was VHS. The VHS tape of ‘Almost Famous’ has been gaining momentum for us. And so it’s, you know, probably accurate too, it’s like the 70s stuff. So, like, the antique version of watching movies is what gave us the success.

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