Reviewed by Claire Giles
As a fan of the film Fame I was expecting an all singing, all dancing non-stop performance and I was not disappointed. Even my husband who came to watch the show with me under duress admitted how much he ended up enjoying it.
We watched the show at the Alhambra Theatre in Bradford. I have been here many times before and it is my favourite theatre. The theatre itself is visually stunning both inside and out (especially at night when it is all lit up outside) with plenty of payable car parking nearby. The staff are always friendly and helpful. It is easily located in Bradford City Centre
On entering the theatre the stage was set with the iconic yellow taxi cab and skyscrapers of New York City. The show is set in the High School of Performing Arts in the early 1980’s. It follows the stories of a mixed group of dance, drama and musical students all from different walks of life and their journeys through the school from freshman year to graduation. It tackles the highs and lows of their journeys and not everyone’s dreams of fame come true. There are moments of humour, romance and sadness all acted out amazingly by the talented cast.
Cast members include former Hollyoaks actress Jorgie Porter and singer Mica Paris. Overall the cast was excellent whether singing, dancing or acting. Jamal Kane Crawford as Tyrone was an amazing dancer. Stephanie Rojas delivered a heartfelt performance as determined yet troubled Carmen. Mica Paris though as Miss Sherman totally stole the show. Her powerhouse vocal performance of These Are My children was show stopping.
The shows choreography covered a mixture of dance from ballet to street dance making for some amazing dance numbers and including the famous high jump.
A spectacular performance of the iconic fame theme song belted out by Mica Paris and Stephanie Rojas backed up by the whole cast ended the show on a high. The standing ovation received at the end of the show was thoroughly deserved.
Tickets cost from £20.50 to £41 (booking fees may apply).
Fame is at the Alhambra Theatre in Bradford from 27 August to 1 September 2018, for more information or to book tickets visit www.bradford-theatres.co.uk or call the box office on 01274 432000.
Alhambra Theatre, Morley Street, Bradford, BD7 1AJ | 01274 432000