Based on the 1980 phenomenal pop culture film, Fame The Musical is the international smash hit sensation following the lives of students at New York’s High School For The Performing Arts as they navigate their way through the highs and lows, the romances and the heartbreaks and the ultimate elation of life.
This production bursts on to the stage with an opening number that doesn’t stop, and it’s from that moment on that you know you’re in good hands. The obvious highlight of this show is the cast. There’s triple threats galore making it probably one of the most talented touring companies right now. They certainly put in the work… hard work!
Jorgie Porter (Iris) is a beautiful dancer and vocal powerhouse Mica Paris (Miss Sherman) absolutely brings the house down with These Are My Children. Another star turn comes from Stephanie Rojas (Carmen) – not only a superb singer but an assured actress who gives a believable portrayal of the character’s drug-fuelled downward spiral. A personal favourite comes from Molly McGuire (Serena) who really nails the comedic flair with her role.
With such a fantastic team, it’s no doubt that director/choreographer Nick Winston dished out some cracking dance routines for this show. Constantly energetic, perfect for the piece, and of course pulled off with style, the choreography was completely watchable. The show had a nice fluidity too, aided by a sound overall vision and a simple but seamlessly adaptable set.
Undoubtedly some of the script seems a little dated now. A few jokes fall on deaf ears particularly with what seemed to be quite a young audience at the New Wimbledon Theatre. It is also concerning to see a beautiful, seemingly size 10 actress apparently being told to ‘lose a few pounds’ by a teacher. However these are the kind of niggling moments you get with older scripts and they far from hinder the incredible force of talent that shines from this dynamic 30th Anniversary production of Fame.
Fame the Musical is at the New Wimbledon Theatre until Saturday 23 February before continuing its tour of the country. Head to the show’s website to find and book further dates.
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