Review: ★★★ Fame, The Peacock Theatre

Review: ★★★ Fame, The Peacock Theatre

This 30th anniversary production of Fame the Musical brings the show back to the West End as part of a UK tour. It tells the story of the students at the New York Performing Arts High School, that teaches acting, music and dance, and spans the entire school experience of the main characters.

This production is a great showcase for the talents of the cast. Every cast member can sing, dance and act and some also play instruments onstage. Through solo performances every cast member gets to highlight their individual talent, there are no weak links in this production so the ensemble performances are not neglected. Every single member is a strong singer and dancer.

The company is full of strong soloists, in particular Mica Paris, Any Dream Will Do runner up Keith Jack, and Molly Maguire. But it is Stephanie Rojas, playing Carmen, who really steals the show. She has two powerful vocal numbers, including the famous title song which is reworked into this stage production.

From a dance point of view, the actors who play the main dancing roles, Jorgie Porter and Jamal Kane Crawford, demonstrate their abilities in a number of dance styles, both in individual performances and as part of the ensemble. The show has something for everyone, mixing classical and ballet with more modern choreography.

The original 80s production is perhaps a little dated nowadays, although the central themes still hit home. There are a couple of awkward scenes and lines throughout so the show swings between nostalgic and a bit cringey. The cast manages all of these changes well though, and the transition from the comedic first half to the more serious topics after the interval is well handled too.

Fame is a fun production, and it definitely plays on the audience’s nostalgia for the original versions. The audience is encouraged to get up and dance during the finale, the original title song still remains the highlight of the show.

Emma Grimsley

 

Tickets for this show were kindly provided by London Box Office. Remember to join our Facebook group Bargain Theatre from Upper Circle to be kept up to date with the best offers from a variety of ticket providers. 

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