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Manchester Evening News 21.08.04

FAME The Lowry

If you queued to see the Academy Award-winning film, or rushed home from school to watch the popular television series, then this is obviously the musical for you.

This stage version of Fame celebrates its 10th anniversary in style, with an opening video compilation of New York and its famous High School for the Performing Arts, which works well as a precursor to the action and adds vital punch to the opening number.

If you're not one of the 3.5m people in the UK who've already seen the show, it follows the highs and lows of a group of talented students who are studying at the school before entering show business. Based on one of the first big dance movies, the high-energy performance of the superb choreography - particularly Craig Stein's electrifying dancing - had the packed auditorium roaring its approval. This slick stage version has been streamlined for maximum impact and, while the music may be different from the film, the title song still brings the audience to its feet.

This feel-good show is also finding a new audience among the younger generation, but it remains to be seen if they, too, will don the lycra and leg-warmers that became the uniform for so many of us who remain loyal fans

Until August 28.

NATALIE ANGLESEY

 

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