All the right moves on the way to Fame the Musical
Loretta Hall, Harbant Gill
TRUE to the plot, a cast of young performers went several dance steps towards furthering their own fame at last night's opening of Fame the Musical.
The Regent Theatre crowd loved every bit of the Fame game, from the moment the wide eyed students entered the high school of performing arts right through to their glorious graduation.
Actors Jolene Anderson and Catherine McClements and Collingwood footballers Harry O'Brien and Paul Medhurst were among the opening night audience.
A 1970s New York yellow cab was specially shipped over at a cost of $57,000 to seal the turbo charged finale of the multi million dollar production based on the 1980s Oscar winning film.
The musical which ran for a decade on the West End and has triggered new productions around the world remains timeless in its themes of literacy, drug abuse, morality and working hard for success.
New York import Darlene Love, as homeroom teacher Miss Sherman, and Rebecca Jackson Mendoza as ballet teacher Ms Bell belted out a rousing duet before the giant Fame studio mirror.
The Regent rocked to the beat of dancing feet in an explosive show revitalised by its director and choreographer Kelley Abbey, who performed in it a decade ago.
For many of the cast, this was their first professional performance, and Abbey's hunch paid off in taking a chance on raw talent.
Recruited from TV show So You Think You Can Dance Australia, Tim 'Timomatic' Omaji and Talia Fowler dazzled with dynamic moves.
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