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Fame - The Musical!
Hartshorn-Hook Productions

13 August 2010

It almost feels like cheating to put on a well-known musical at the fringe when everyone around you has created productions from scratch. But when you throw together a cast of 30 singers, dancers, actors and musicians who have so much energy they would put a West End cast to shame, we’ll let you off.

This stage sequel to the 1980 film follows a group of drama school students from their auditions to their graduation with some admirably complex dance routines and that song about wanting to live forever in between.

Serena (Nia Coleman) and Carmen (Clare Maynard) are the stars, with their ill-fated love story lines giving them the best songs to display perfect pitch and touching vulnerability.

The live band is an added bonus, when it isn't occasionally drowning out the singing. The conductor doubles up as the music teacher on stage, and some actors add to the number of instruments played during the noisiest songs.

Acting, dancing and being a musician, one of the songs points out, are “the hardest professions in the world.” Naomi Campbell's defence lawyer might disagree, but either way, when a fun, colourful, big scale show like this comes together it makes all the effort worthwhile.

Review by Lauren Paxman

 

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