Fame hit Bridlington Spa last night for its 30th Anniversary Tour. Filled with jaw-dropping dance numbers, live musicians and a show stealing solo-number from Mica Paris. It truly was a spectacular performance.
The show got off to a slightly rocky start with opening night technical issues resulting in a late curtain-up, but this did not dampen the audience’s mood whilst we waited excitedly for the performance to begin. Wow, we were not disappointed.
For those of you who haven’t seen the film or musical before, Fame tells the story of a group of young aspiring performers journey through the prestigious Performing Arts High School in New York. We see the talented students navigate their way through the high and lows of romance and heart-break as they strive for excellence and ultimately fame.
From the moment the curtains rose, the cast burst onto stage with a high energy opening number, showing off just how talented these actors really are! Starring Keith Jack (Any Dream Will Do, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat) as Nick, Mica Paris (Love Me Tender, Chicago, Mama I Want To Sing) as Miss Sherman the students stern but dedicated homeroom teacher and Jorgie Porter (Hollyoaks, Dancing On Ice) as Iris a talented young Ballet dancer.
Pulling out all the stops for a huge rendition of the Oscar winning title song: Fame (There She Goes!) really was the highlight of the show. The cast whipped the audience into a frenzy, with Stephanie Ross as Carmen leading the number, and really making us feel like we could too, live forever under the guise of fame.
In contrast, to the superb ensemble numbers, Jorgie Porter as Iris and Jamal Kane Crawford as Tyrone’s beautiful ballet performances, provided a real sense of intimacy and calm depicting their blossoming romance, and Tryone’s struggle with the academic pressures of school throughout this otherwise high energy and fast-pace show.
The show wasn’t all huge musical numbers, romance and struggles. Albey Brookes starring as Joe, and aspiring actor driven by his sexual desires provided great comic value. He had the audience in fits of laughter as he tried to flirt with Carmen and struggled to play Romeo in the end of year showcase. Coming on stage in an outrageous period costume, playing Romeo like a horny teenage boy, not quite the ‘star-crossed’ lover Shakespeare intended.
One of my favourite aspects of the production was the set design. The performance was against a backdrop of Actors Headshots, from what I can only assume to be past students of the Fame High School, guiding the way for the aspiring new students and adding a real sense of pressure and grandeur to the set.
This 30th Anniversary Tour of Fame is not to be missed! Packed with epic musical numbers and a truly talented cast, you are sure to be swept away with these talented students and their dreams of fame.
Fame is at Bridlington Spa until 20th October and tickets start at £18.