|Fame: The Musical
Fame – the Musical is a stage musical based on the 1980 hit musical film Fame which starred Irene Cara and featured the famous title song. The show had its world premiere in Florida, USA in 1988 before it transferred to an Off-Broadway venue in 2003. The show was conceived and developed by David de Silva, who was one of the original producers of the film. After the film’s success, a television series was mounted and it ran for six seasons. The musical was developed away from the film and TV adaptations, and although there are similarities, their scripts and book are fundamentally different. The score for the musical was completely re-written and the title track only included as an addition.
The show first arrived in London in 1995, opening to mainly positive reviews. After embarking on a UK wide tour in 1996, the show was brought back and revived in the West End in 1997. This production was nominated for two Olivier Awards. Since the first production in 1995 the show has enjoyed seven separate West End runs; the longest being at the Aldwych Theatre from 2002 to 2006. The show has also found a home at the Cambridge, the Prince of Wales, the Shaftesbury and the Victoria Palace.
Fame tells the story of several students who attend the High School of Performing Arts, among them fame-obsessed drug addict Carmen, ambitious actress Serena, wisecracking comedian Joe, quiet, saintly violinist Schlomo, and “talented but dyslexic” dancer Tyrone. The plot follows this group of students as they learn to master their craft and grow up alongside each other, rising to the various challenges that face them.