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Fame ~The Show Must Go On ~ Theatre ~Review

Since many theatres in the UK and around the world are struggling to open due to Covid restrictions it is the second best thing that the You Tube ‘The Show Must Go On’ are starting their Autumn programme of filmed ‘live’ musical performances.

The shows are streamed on ‘You Tube’ on a Friday at 7pm BST for up to 48 hours, sometimes shorter so the quicker you can watch it the better if you don’t want to miss out. Other shows tipped to be shown are both Michael Ball and Alfie Boe’s tour shows.

The first screening in the autumn programme was ‘Fame’ from the 2018/19 tour starring Mica Paris and Jorgie Porter.

I loved the tv series Fame in the 80s. The high energy has continued into the current stage show but there is not enough substance to make you care about the lives of the students in the Fame academy. Personalities are very one dimensional and there is not enough back story or building of the characters to carry much of a storyline throughout the show. The songs and dances are great in the show but not many stand alone songs that would have you singing after the show, apart from the main title song ‘Fame’. There is still one song that I used to love from the tv series that is not in the show and that is ‘Star Maker’. I wish that had featured in the show as that song brings me back to my childhood. The musical is better, in my opinion, than the 1980 and 2009 film which did not catch my imagination at all.

This version of Fame The Musical was produced by Selladoor Productions, Gavin Kalin Productions, Dan Looney & Adam Paulden, Stephen McGill Productions and Jason Haigh-Ellery in association with Bright Lights and Big Dreamer Productions.  Directed by Nick Winston, who also choreographed the show.

Although not my favourite I am delighted to see that musicals are back being streamed and as the Corona virus continues to cause mayhem to theatre and entertainment, many other shows are starting to be streamed and are becoming pay to view. This is a fabulous way to help and support all in the industry at this worrying time and hopefully help to support so that theatre and entertainment will still be available when we are able to go back into theatres and venues. ‘The Show Must Go On’ does have a link to donate to https://www.actingforothers.co.uk/ but is free to watch.

Here is hoping that the fabulous artists, musicians, performers and theatre workers can survive and I could not say it better that the lyrics to the title song of the musical ‘Fame’ :

Baby, look at me
And tell me what you see
You ain't seen the best of me yet
Give me time
I'll make you forget the rest
I got more in me
And you can set it free
I can catch the moon in my hand
Don't you know who I am
Remember my name, fame
I'm gonna live forever
I'm gonna learn how to fly, high
I feel it coming together
People will see me and cry, fame
I'm gonna make it to heaven
Light up the sky like a flame, fame
I'm gonna live forever
Baby, remember my name
Remember, remember, remember, remember
Remember, remember, remember, remember

Did you see the musical ‘Fame’? Is there a musical that you would love to see streamed? Would it make you want to also go to the theatre to see the show or if you have seen it at home would you not bother going to the theatre and choose another show to see live? I would love to hear your views on this.

Sparkle Hugs and Glitter Kisses xxx

All photographs, unless stated, are the copyright of Lorna Liza

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