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“A thrilling and talented young cast”

This stage version of Alan Parker’s 1980 film has been kicking around for 30 years now. It bears only a passing resemblance to its source material and only the Oscar-winning title song survives of its score.

It remains popular: there have been seven separate West End runs between 1995 and 2007, and this new touring production will return there next summer for a season at the Peacock.

Never mind that the book-heavy show lurches from scenes of pathos to bathos as we follow a group of acting and dancing students from their first audition to their graduation, or that the entirely generic score constantly recycles both itself and other songs. What matters are the “kids from Fame” (as the cast members from the spin-off TV series were known – they had a number of hit singles in the 80s) and director/choreographer Nick Winston have played an absolute blinder.

Winston, and his casting directors Victoria Roe and Anne Vosser, have assembled a fierce cast of young performers, including thrillingly gymnastic dancers and terrific actor-musicians, to triumphantly rise above the material.

In particular, Stephanie Rojas as school drop-out Carmen Diaz, Keith Jack as aspiring serious actor Nick Piazza and Jamal Kane Crawford as the academically challenged Tyrone (who turns out to have dyslexia) give it real heart. They transcend the dramatic cliches.

The production is sleekly designed by Morgan Large. An angled wall of blown-up head shots is constantly reconfigured by Prema Mehta’s lighting.

Winston and his thrilling and talented company have reinvigorated Fame for a new generation on both sides of the footlights.

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Production Details
Production nameFame
VenueNew Victoria Theatre
StartsOctober 1, 2018
EndsOctober 6, 2018, then touring
Running time2hrs 30mins
ComposerStephen Margoshes
Book writerJose Fernandez
LyricistJacques Levy
DirectorNick Winston
Musical directorDustin Conrad
Musical supervisorMark Crossland
ChoreographerNick Winston
Set designerMorgan Large
Lighting designerPrema Mehta
Sound designerBen Harrison
Casting directorAnne Vosser, Victoria Roe
CastCameron Johnson, Graham Hoadly, Jamal Kane Crawford, Jorgie Porter, Keith Jack, Mica Paris, Simon Anthony, Stephanie Rojas
Production managerJohn Rowland
ProducerAdam Paulden, Announcement Productions, Big Dreamer, Brightlights Productions, Dan Looney, Gavin Kalin Productions, Jason Haigh-Ellery, Michael Dahl Rasmussen, Selladoor Productions, Stephen Mcgill Productions
VerdictThis new, superbly cast touring production of Fame may well live up to its promise to live forever
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