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20/07/2007

DYNAMIC, witty and plain old-fashioned fun. From start to finish, Fame exuded energy and liveliness through its wonderful dancing and memorable songs.

Set in New York in the 1980s, this musical sees the students of Fame High School trying to achieve success in the performing arts, which proves much more difficult than they imagined. Costumes were that of the classic 80s style: fluorescent leg warmers and leotards.

Packed with typical teenage problems, the production includes lots of saucy moments and cheeky jokes between friends, with two main culprits: Joe Vegas (Lucas Rush) and Tyrone Jackson (Carlton Connell) who were hilarious to watch.

Mabel Washington (Sophia Nomvete) was another amusing character, who was a dancer with personal weight issues, and was always seen munching on a bag of crisps.

After her joke about being half bulimic (binge eating without being sick), the crowd were in hysterics again, and it was Mabel who received the loudest cheer at the end of the play after strongly winning the crowd over with her warm personality.

Romance and heartache were a significant part of this musical, with almost every character coupled up and quite a few kissing scenes.

The ups and downs of relationships were explored through various love songs and sensational dance routines.

Fame held its opening night in Newcastle at the Theatre Royal on Monday, coming direct from the West End and celebrating 10 years of spectacular performances.

The climax of the show saw Carmen Diaz (Madalena Alberto) being driven out on the stage on top of a car singing Fame, with yet another unforgettable performance from the brilliant cast.

A real feel good vibe washed over the audience during this familiar song and everyone rose to their feet dancing and clapping.

It sparked a perfect end to a fantastic evening of entertainment.

 

 

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