Reviewed by Deborah Mackenzie
Fame The Musical is based on the 1980’s film, Fame; that went on to spawn a television show, all of which won many awards. This production does not disappoint and is up there with the best.
A group of young people are from vastly different backgrounds and personalities, have been accepted into one of America’s top performing arts schools in New York. With the words ‘You want fame? Well, fame costs. And right here is where you start paying in sweat.’ The group soon find out it is not all about sing, dancing and fun. There is a lot of hard work, frustration and disappointments involved too.
The story of the students’ lives; private and academic along with their relationships was joined together with song, dance and music. The emotional ups and downs were all played to the maximum, drawing the audience in. The show explores issues that confront many young people today: race, identity, pride, homosexual love, drug addiction, literacy and death are dealt with head on (Note: the show features some sexual content).
Fame The Musical is performed by a cast of extremely talented people. It is hard to choose one performer as they all gave 100% and their characters stood out. The musicians on stage that played the drums, sax, trumpet and piano were remarkable and was fun they way that they enhanced scenes with humour and emotion.
I particularly loved the music teacher, Mr Scheinkopf (Graham Hoadly), he embraced the accent and eccentric manner. Another actress, Stephanie Rojas as Carmen, her personal struggle with drug addiction and her impatience for stardom. Her powerful voice as she sang resonated her feelings and desires; sending chills through you.
Fame showed the struggles, the joy and disappointment but also the humour and in many parts had us laughing and gasping at some risqué innuendos, that is so typical of young people. As they sing and believe ‘Remember my name, fame; I’m gonna live forever…’
Tickets cost from £16.90 to £59.40 (plus £2.85 transaction fee).
Fame The Musical is at the King’s Theatre in Glasgow from 30 July to 4 August 2018, for more information or to book tickets visit www.atgtickets.com/kings or call the box office on 0844 871 7648.
King’s Theatre, 297 Bath Street, Glasgow, G2 4JN | 0844 871 7648