23-28 June 2014
Reviewed by Emily Crombie
We were welcomed to the King’s Theatre by their friendly and helpful staff. The theatre has a lovely relaxed atmosphere and is conveniently situated in the heart of Glasgow. It is within walking distance of Central Station, though taxis are always readily available. There is on street parking in the area but leave plenty time to find a space!
Fame – The Musical is based on the 1980 film and following TV series. It was adapted to the stage by David de Silva and directed and choreographed by Gary Lloyd. I has been made relevant to today with little twists such iPads and mobile phones.
Fame follows the ups and downs of the students at New York City High School for the Performing Arts and as they progress through the year we are treated to a feast of dance, music and drama.
Once you get beyond the American accent, you are drawn into the story and swept along by the characters. It is a very talented and consistent cast with some amazing vocal performances, notably Jodie Steele as Carmen Diaz and Landi Oshinowo as Miss Sherman. Although performance of the night has to go to Alex Thomas as Tyrone, I don’t think we have ever seen anyone as flexible before – what an amazing dancer.
The live band which is set on an upper level of the stage, was amazing! They also interact and are involved with the characters which adds dimension to the performance.
The show is cleverly staged using two boxes / steps that are used slickly as many different props during the show.
We thoroughly enjoyed our evening at the King’s Theatre. The show was vibrant and full of energy from start to finish – it is easy to see why the show is still going strong decades later.
Tickets cost from £11.90 to £40.40 (plus £2.85 transaction fee).
Fame – The Musical is at the King’s Theatre in Glasgow until 28 June 2014. For more information or to book tickets click here or call the box office on 0844 871 7648.
King’s Theatre. 297 Bath Street, Glasgow, G2 4JN | 0844 871 7648