Fame the Musical – Back in theatreland for the 8th time
You'll probably know the song Fame, whether or not you were around in the 1980s. If you, like Irene Cara in the video, adored legwarmers and wore rara skirts, it'll all be wonderfully familiar. David De Silva's dazzling 1980 film about a bunch of talented kids at New York City's High School of Performing Arts was both critically and commercially successful at the time and even inspired a six season TV series. Now it's due in theatreland... and it's guaranteed to make you want to dance.
What's the plot? Fame The Musical tells the story of a gang of students at the NYC High School of Performing Arts. One in particular, Carmen, is obsessed with the idea of being famous. The actress Serena is also highly ambitious, joined by the comedian and classic bad lad Joe and the shy violin player Schlomo. You'll love meetings the dancers Tyrone, Iris and Mabel, and Nick the actor. What a story – no wonder the movie led to a so-called real life Fame School in Liverpool, also known as the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts.
Irene Cara played Coco Hernandez in the movie, and sang the theme tune, the awesome Fame itself. The music by Michael Gore and lyrics by Dean Pitchford influenced a generation, and the tune won an Oscar in '81 for Best Film Theme Song, topping the UK charts in 1982 for three weeks. The rest is history.
The musical has been produced all over the world and the cast album released in numerous languages including Polish, Danish, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Swiss, German, Italian, Finnish and Hungarian. It just goes to show what a powerful appeal the story, characters and music have. Fame is international, sexless, ageless, and endlessly popular. And this is the show's 30th anniversary tour.
This time around it stars Keith Jack, Mica Paris and Jorgie Porter, and it's on the West End stage from September 2019. You'll love the highs and lows, the romances, the heartbreaks, and of course the brilliant dance-along score. This magical, life-affirming classic has been on the West End stage seven times since first opening on Broadway in 1988. It showcases the Oscar-winning title song and features a brilliant cast of talented folk who bring the popular story roaring back to life. Will Fame The Musical live forever? Probably!
Who is this show for?
This show is recommended for people aged 10 and over.
What to expect:Acting
Recommended for:Anyone (69%)
Mica Paris was the star of the show.
Reviewed on 14 October 2019 by Denise, Chelmsford, United Kingdom
I thought this had a very weak storyline, and was generally one of the most boring things I’ve ever seen. It wasn’t worth half the ticket price that I paid. The singing was great, Mica Paris especially, and the dancing was good, but the storyline was just terrible and I found it very hard to get into the plot. I don’t think I ever did get into the plot. I would recommend my friends NOT to pay to see this show.
Reviewed on 13 October 2019 by Fiona, Wotton Under Edge, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 13 October 2019 by Stephen, Birmingham, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 11 October 2019 by Tara, Woking, United Kingdom
Follows the storyline of the second film
Reviewed on 06 October 2019 by Zohar, East Grinstead, United Kingdom
Really good singing and dancing. THe stage is buzzing!
Reviewed on 05 October 2019 by Scott, London, United Kingdom
Happy feel good story Light hearted Enjoyed the ballet moves
Reviewed on 29 September 2019 by Michelle, Downley, United Kingdom
It was a relaxed feel theatre and great show with a good mix of story and music
Reviewed on 21 September 2019 by Samantha, St Ives, United Kingdom
Overall the musical was fun. It’s not a big professional musical but still good enough to have a nice night. With some real talented future stars we had a fun evening.
Reviewed on 15 September 2019 by Michel, Assendelft, Netherlands