Forget leg-warmers and dodgy ’80s fashion – this version of musical favourite Fame has been given a modern makeover.
Set in the world-famous High School for Performing Arts in New York, Fame follows the story of a group of young wannabes as they encounter love, drugs and blinding passion in their quest for stardom.
From the opening scene the pure talent of this cast hits you right between the eyes – with graceful ballet routines, slick street dancing and soaring vocal melodies all executed with ease.
The edgy costumes (or lack of – the six-packs were quite a distraction), characters’ use of new technology such as mobile phones and iPads, and updated versions of the well-known songs all make this show accessible to a new generation.
Several performers stood out – Joseph Giacone’s version of Can’t Keep it Down as Joe Vegas made me blush, and Alex Thomas’ rapping and street dancing as Tyrone Jackson was breathtaking.
The female actors in the show could all be leading ladies in their own right but the stand-outs for me were Jodie Steele as Carmen Diaz, who put her all into the performance, Molly Stewart, whose version of Mabel Washington’s number Mabel’s Prayer was my highlight of the second half, and Landi Oshinowo, who plays Miss Sherman and has a voice which is simply out of this world.
We were dancing in the aisles by the end and I for one felt like I was gonna live forever.