Fame The Musical - Our review
I love Fame! You will too, especially if you grew up in the '80s. Fame The Musical, is based on the popular series originally produced between 1982 and 1987. The show tells the stories of students from New York’s School of the Performing Arts; pouring their hearts and souls into training, their dreams, aspirations and struggles. Fame The Musical, is now playing at the Regent Theatre in Ipswich starring Keith Jack (Any Dream Will Do), Mica Paris (Chicago) and Jorgie Porter (Hollyoaks) and it has been directed and choreographed by Nick Winston.
I loved the music and the energy, but also the ethnic diversity of the characters and messages of determination, passion and hard work.
Tyrone is played by Jamal Crawford a dancer from a disadvantaged background who struggles academically but whose outstanding dancing, which includes some impressive high straddle jumps, makes him stand out from the crowd.
Carmen is my favourite character, beautifully played by Stephanie Rojas. Her story takes you on a rollercoaster of extreme emotions including her love for dancing, her hunger for success and the price we pay when we make the wrong choices. Apart from her brilliant acting skills she also stands out when performing everyone's favourite musical number ‘Fame’.
Mica Paris played the part of strict English teacher Miss Sherman brilliantly. Her solo singing performance was simply impressive.
Expect a grand finale with the ‘FAME’ song, with more great dancing and audience participation.
The show is suitable for children aged 12+ as there are some sexual, drug, mental health references and mild swearing. Children younger than 14 years old must be accompanied by an adult. I suspect many sexual references will pass over their heads, the same way it does at a Panto.
Fame will be at the Regent Theatre from Monday 29th October to Saturday 3rd November 2018
Tickets start from £15