Fame Returns for Third Life in London, 15 OctDate: 30 September 1998
The Runar Borge production, inspired by Alan Parker's Oscar-winning film and the popular American television series, first opened in 1995 at the West End's Cambridge Theatre where it enjoyed a 15-month run. After a national tour, it returned to the West End in November last year for a 9-week run at the Victoria Palace. Now, after another British tour, it's back again.
Set in New York's legendary High School for the Performing Arts, Fame follows a group of talented students in their quests for stardom and success as well as in their struggles with romance and other teenaged relationships.
To date, the producers of Fame have put more than 5,000 young hopeful through their paces in open auditions to find the successful few whose ambitions would mirror those of the characters they portray. The new thirty-strong cast for the London engagement will be led by Lorraine Velez as 'Carmen', Adrian Hansel as ' Tyrone' and Marco D'Cruze as 'Joe Vegas'.
During its original West End run, Fame was nominated for two 1996 Laurence Olivier Awards for Best New Musical and Best Choreography. Major European and South American tours are now in progress and a North American tour kicks off in Toronto in November this year.