Fame The Musical at the Liverpool Empire Review

FameMusical1Fame: The Musical
Liverpool Empire

14-19 April 2014


Reviewed by Sue Trish

We arrived at the Liverpool Empire to see Fame: The Musical and were greeted by helpful and cheerful stewards who directed us to the ticket office.

The Liverpool Empire is a beautiful theatre retaining many original features. Drinks and snacks are reasonably priced and there were plenty of bar staff and stewards to ensure the queues were kept to a minimum and people were happy. The seats were great; although it is one of them places that it doesn’t matter where you sit you have a fantastic view of the stage.

I love Fame, it is one of my favourite musicals, and by giving the show a 2014 transformation it took it to a whole new level. This powerful production from director Gary Lloyd keeps the heart of the 80’s smash-hit film, but drags the show into the 21st century with iPads, street dancing and references to chart-topping music stars. The musical, just like the film, explores racial conflict, drug abuse, the cut-throat world of show business and adolescence, which make for a gripping evening of entertainment.

There was a heart sinking moment at the start when I thought I was in for a” Fame meets Glee” production. However I couldn’t have been more wrong!! The show was bursting with note perfect songs such as Let’s Play a Love Scene and the unforgettable Fame theme tune itself. The almost X-rated performance of “Can’t Keep It Down” by Joseph Giacone playing Joe Vegas was hysterical and brilliant!

The indulgent dance routines are phenomenal, particularly in Dancin’ On The Sidewalk and the flamenco scenes.

Jodie Steele plays powerful tormented beauty Carmen Diaz (the updated role of Cara). Fit and fierce in her dance moves, she belted out some enormous numbers with ease and breath taking precision.

However Alex Thomas, playing Tyrone, stole the show for me with his beautiful ballet and edgy street dancing. One of the most memorable performances of the night was his hilarious rap, during which he expresses his frustration for ballet towards his beautiful class mate, Iris.

The set was small but they made perfect use of the stage. Based around the never-ending staircase which is used to represent a performer’s life, it cleverly illustrates the interiors of the school, and the streets of NYC. Laser lights and extra speakers help to raise the volume, and acknowledgement must be made to the fantastic band supporting this amazing production.

The show was fast paced and fantastic. Dance routines were electrifying and performed to perfection. I recommend anyone anywhere to go and see this show – you will not be disappointed!!

Rating: 5/5 thumbs_up

Tickets cost from £10 to £41.40 (plus £2.85 transaction fee).

For more information or to book tickets click here or call the box office on 0844 8713017.

Liverpool Empire Theatre, Lime Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, L1 1JE | 0844 8713017


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