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VISIOSCENE 18.4.08

Here we are in 2008, two decades after the opening of the American show FAME. As London remains the European capital of musical comedies, French musicals are still in their first stages and have yet to fully cross the channel, not so in the case of TV reality and televised shows such as Star Academy! After CABARET and THE LION KING, to name but the last two important French productions, here is FAME at the Theatre Comedia. We follow the tough training of the students and touch on omporatant issues like illeteracy (those who think it has cirtually disappeared should that one out of 10 French people does not know how to read), drug problems, first loves, boulimia and also each one's place in society whether he be an artist, rich or poor, black or white.

We're tempted to say that the poster isn't very attractive - but it's the official one - and to wonder why anything has been adapted at all. But once we're there, the temptation vanishes and we no longer want to play our role of smart and trendy Parisian jourmalists. Suddenly we want to go back to our youth and be influences but the enthusiasm and talent of the cast with their boundless generosity which invades the theatre. The cast is fantastic, each one in his right place. Carmen is entrancing with her 1980's Madonna look, Joe Vegas is hilarious, Iris dances beautifully, Tyrone, sufficiently insolent, Cookie is as sweet as her name and Nick the big brother intellectual with a voice of pure gold ... without forgetting the teachers, all perfect in their roles. A special mention also for the musicians and the choreography.

 

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