A miserable Monday night was made better by an invite to Bristol Hippodrome’s opening night of Fame – The Musical 30th Anniversary Tour. The absolute perfect excuse to treat my theatrical friend the day before her birthday (what excellent timing!) and bring back nostalgic memories of her time in Performing Arts school.
“…It has the energy, enthusiasm and playfulness you’d expect from FAME!”
Lizzy Cummins, friend and theatre afficianado
Based on 1980s pop culture film (or you might recognise it more from the TV series) the musical follows the lives of students of New York’s High School for The Performing Arts as they tackle new romances, overcoming pride, discovering their identity, the dangers of drug abuse and the hard work it takes to succeed in such a competitive career path.
Bristol is just one venue of the extensive UK tour presented by Selladoor Productions, also producers of Footloose, Avenue Q and Little Shop of Horrors. You’ll notice a few recognisable faces. Keith Jack, best-known as runner up on BBC1’s Any Dream with Do, plays Nick Piazza. Mica Paris, wows with her incredibly powerful, yet seemingly effortless, singing voice as Miss Sherman (These Are My Children brought goosebumps to my arms). Jorgie Porter, plays Iris Kelly. If you’re like me, you will recognise her (potentially embarrassingly) from her role as Theresa Mcqueen in Hollyoaks. This role sees her showing off her incredible dancing skills, taking her back to her original training in ballet.
There were some ups and downs in the evening, but stand out performances were Stephanie Rojas as Carmen – bringing all the sass and self-assurance of the character, and Katie Warsop as Miss Bell – with her enviable elegance on stage.
Now I am not a theatre expert (just a big fan!) so I can’t comment on sound or lighting with any gravitas. I can say it was an enjoyable performance and I am inspired to don the lycra and leg warmers and sing and dance any woes away… I have also been belting out “FAME – I’m gonna live forever!” in the shower. Sorry housemates…
Fame is showing 10th – 15th June 2019 at Bristol Hippodrome.
Please note, this performance contains sexual, drug, mental health references and mild swearing.
Disclaimer: I was provided this experience free of cost, however I was not asked to send any copy in advance and this didn’t affect my opinion of the event – all thoughts are my own.