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FAME The Musical (Kings Theatre, Glasgow 6-11 Sept 2004)
By Cameron Lowe

The original movie "FAME" rocked the world of teenage movies in 1980 by addressing the toughest issues facing teens of the day - drugs, relationships, rejection, and illiteracy. The successful movie spawned an equally successful TV series by somehow maintaining the blend of high energy dance with high drama.

FAME - the musical abandons its ground breaking pedigree. Instead it concentrates on excelling in almost every 'tried and tested' aspect of modern musical theatre. Out go the old characters and the old soundtrack and in come fresh people and music with similar themes to the original movie but with a modern slant. Music and drama now blend perfectly in a style that suits the stage rather than celluloid. Of course the title song remains to ensure that the audience do not leave disappointed!

The production is superb. Technically, the show is flawless with excellent use of lighting to create the mood on the impressive set. Direction is crisp and yet sympathetic when required and music is expertly directed at just the right volume (how often have you complained that you cannot hear the soloist?). But it is the choreography that truly excels. "Lively", "varied", "original" - all these phrases apply but fall short of explaining just how good it is. The ballet in the second act is just superb.

All of these superlatives leave precious little room to talk about the performances. Outstanding players for me were Craig Stein (Tyrone Jackson), Helen Siveter (Grace Lamb) and Giovanni Spano (Goodman King). The quality of dancing, singing and acting was first class throughout.

Get down to the Kings this week before you miss it! "Remember my name...."

Tickets from Kings Box Office (0141 240 1111) priced £7.50 - £24.50

Evenings: 7.30pm (Friday 8.30pm)
Friday Afternoon 5.30pm
Saturday Afternoon 4.00pm

 

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