Généralités: Histoire, thèmes et particularités


This new stage version of the film and TV series follows some students at New Yorks School of the Performing Arts through their four year course. We see them coming to terms with life and relationships; we see those who persevere, who are resilient - and those who are not. Above all, we see them perceiving the need to strive for excellence. The cast must be ethnically mixed and be able to perform classical to 'rap music and dance going from ballet through modem to hip-hop - as contemporary as MTV, but live and kicking!

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Historique du musical


Based on the 1980 musical film Fame

Génèse du musical

In 1988, Fame – the Musical was first produced at the Coconut Grove Playhouse in Miami, Florida. The original cast included Tom Acousti as Nick Piazza, Tener Brown as Iris Kelly, Monique Cintron as Carmen Diaz, Joel Malina as Schlomo Metzenbaum, Janet Metz as Serena Katz, and Harold Perrineau Jr. as Tyrone Jackson. It went back to its roots in 2010 with sold-out productions in Kendall. The Miami Childrens Theater worked with the esteemed Christine Vega, Ana Flavia, and Cherilyn Marrocco.

Following this, the show ran at the Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from March 25, through April 29, 1989; the show was termed "a hit".

The show ran Off-Broadway at the Little Shubert Theatre from October 7, 2003 (previews), November 11, 2003 (official), through June 27, 2004, for 264 performances and 40 previews. Directed by Drew Scott Harris, conducted by Eric Knight Barnes, the cast included Shakiem Evans as Tyrone Jackson, Nicole Leach, Cheryl Freeman, and Christopher J. Hanke. Marque Lynche as Tyrone Jackson was a replacement. This version was titled Fame on 42nd Street (the Little Shubert Theatre is on 42 Street).

A North American tour, produced by Phoenix Theatricals, ran from September 2003 through June 2004.

The musical has had productions in nearly 25 countries, such as Ireland, Australia, Denmark, Japan, Korea, Norway, Switzerland, South Africa, Germany, Italy, Finland, Estonia and the Czech Republic.[5]

In January 1993, a large-scale production of the musical made its European debut in Stockholm, Sweden, running for four years. The show came to the attention of choreographer-director Runar Borge, who has subsequently staged the show in numerous productions worldwide.

[16] The West End production was nominated for two Laurence Olivier Awards. The UK productions have had a total box office gross of £56 million through 2006. Since 1995, the musical has had seven separate West End runs, including a long run at the Aldwych Theatre from 2002 to 2006, the Cambridge, the Prince of Wales, the Shaftesbury Theatre, Victoria Palace, and a number of UK national and international tours. Well-known cast members in various productions have included Miguel Ayesa, Noel Sullivan, and Barbara Dickson. [17]}

An Italian production opened in Pavia, at Teatro Fraschini, directed by Gigi Saccomandi and Luigi Perego on September 20, 2003. A new version of the musical opened in Pavia directed by Bruno Fornasari on June 23, 2004, and toured Italy until march 2006.

A Spanish production in Catalan ran at Teatro Tivoli in Barcelona from April 27, 2004 to September 26, 2004, directed by Ramon Ribalta. It reopened in Madrid in Spanish at Teatro Calderon February 1, 2006, and toured Spain until January 11, 2009.[5]

The Estonian production opened in Tallinn in November 2006 to a good critical acclaim. The Estonian cast contained Nele-Liis Vaiksoo as Serena, Rolf Roosalu as Nick and Kaire Vilgats as Miss Esther Sherman.

A Portuguese production was created in 2005 with Portuguese dialogue and the original English musics.[18] In 2008 the musical was brought back with some famous Portuguese names in the cast, like Patrícia Candoso as Serena and Fernando Fernandes as Nick.[19]

In 2006, contestants from various seasons of the popular Puerto Rican telelvision singing contest "Objetivo Fama" did a Spanish language production of the musical, entitled "Fama - El Musical" in the Centro de Bellas Artes in San Juan, Puerto Rico. It was a three-night only engagement and was met with positive reviews by the press and fans alike.[citation needed]

An Italian production directed by Marco Daverio opened in Milan in December 2006 and toured through February 2007. It reopened on February 2, 2008 in Savona and toured through the end of the month.[5]

The musical opened on May 4, 2007, for a summer production at the Shaftesbury Theatre in London's West End.[20] The show is directed by Karen Bruce, and the cast includes Fem Belling as Mabel, Natalie Casey as Serena, Jacqui Dubois as Miss Sherman, and Ian Watkins as Nick.[21]

In 2007, A Dutch talent search competition called De Weg Naar Fame auditioned a large number of people in order to give four winners the chance to play Mabel, Serena, Schlomo and Tyrone in the 2008 Dutch Tour of Fame. The show gave the finalists dance, vocal and acting training, and the three finalists for each character performed a piece from the musical in front of a panel of judges who made the final decision.[22] The Dutch version includes Jim Bakkum as Nick, William Spaay as Joe, Kim-Lian van der Meij as Carmen, Hein Gerrits as Schlomo, Doris Baaten as Miss Sherman, and Daphne Flint as Serena.[23]

On April 4, 2008 Fame opened in Paris at the Teatre Comedia.[24]

A new UK touring production started in January 2009.[25]

Auditions are currently underway for the Australian Revival Tour in Australia, which is planned to open in Melbourne in April 2010, then travel to Sydney and Brisbane. The show is to be choreographed by "So You Think You Can Dance"’s Kelley Abbey.

The show is currently touring Italy and Sicily for 2009/10. This version will include Benjamin Newsome as 'Nick Piazza'.

The show will have its first Irish tour starting in the Grand Canal Theatre Dublin from 19 August 2010 to 12 September 2010. The characters of Nick and Serena will be played by Ben Morris and Jessica Cervi winners of RTÉ's Fame: The Musical reality TV show [26].

The show will have a brief run at the Lyric Theatre in Hammersmith, London, between the 18th and the 20th of August, 2011, with a cast of youths from the Hammersmith and Fulham community.

In September 2011, "Fame The Musical" is currently showing at M Theatre in Bangkok Thailand, with the casts who come from True Academy Fantasia (AF) and KPN Awards. This version includes Nat Sakdatorn as 'Nick Piazza'. "Fame The Musical" in Thai version produced by Dreambox.

The show is running in Korea, which casts Tiffany of Girls' Generation and EunHyuk of Super Junior.



Liste des chansons

Act I
Pray I Make P.A (Prologue) - Company
Hard Work - Company
I Want to Make Magic - Nick
Can't Keep It Down - Joe, Students
Tyrone's Rap - Tyrone
There She Goes! /Fame - Carmen, Students
Let's Play a Love Scene -Serena
Bring on Tomorrow - Schlomo, Carmen
Teacher's Argument - Miss Bell, Miss Sherman
Hard Work (Reprise) - Company

Act 2
I Want to Make Magic (Reprise) - Nick and Company or Junior Festival - Nick, Serena, Joe and Company
Mabel's Prayer - Mabel, Students
Think of Meryl Streep - Serena
Dancin' on the Sidewalk - Tyrone, Students
These Are My Children - Miss Sherman
Pas de Deux - Tyrone and Iris
In L.A. - Carmen
Let's Play a Love Scene (Reprise) - Nick and Serena
Bring on Tomorrow (Reprise) - Principal Roles, Students
Finale: Hard Work/Fame (Reprise) - Company

Liste des rôles

Nick Piazza - Ambitious, enthusiastic, classical actor who is very serious about acting. Has hidden romantic interest for Serena.
Serena Katz - A shy, timid yet keen and enthusiastic actress. Develops returned romantic feelings for Nick.
Jose 'Joe' Vegas - Spanish acting student. Loud, funny and the comic of the show. Develops an unreturned crush on Carmen.
Carmen Diaz - A sexy, confident but cocky dancer with a big ego. Carmen is determined to make it big and is obsessed with fame, she believes she has what it takes to achieve this. Initially has a casual relationship with yrone, but develops returned romantic feelings for Schlomo. She later dies after being hooked on drugs.
Tyrone Jackson - A talented but dyslexic hip hop dancer who comes from a poor background. Shares a love-hate relationship with Iris.
Mabel Washington- A loud and overweight dancer who is desperate to lose weight but can't resist food. Often speaks her mind and gives out advice to other characters in their times of trouble.
Iris Kelly - A very talented, graceful ballet dancer who is believed to be extremely wealthy although it is later revealed (in the amateur and schools edition of the script) that she is not. She often comes across as stuck up or ven bitchy. Iris is insecure with herself and afraid people do not like her. She shares a love-hate relationship with Tyrone.
Schlomo Metzenbaum - Shy classical violinist(or flautist, depending on the actor), who sets up a rock band. Schlomo comes from a musical background, with a father who is a famous violinist. Schlomo is fed up from the train of being expected to do well and wishes to rebel. He is rather a geek and is very insecure, but he is also very wise and academically clever. Has a returned romantic interest in Carmen.
Grace 'Lambchops' Lamb - A loud, confrontational rock chick and tomboy who plays the drums for Schlomo's band. She often loses her temper and it is implied that she does not take school seriously.
Goodman 'Goody' King - A trumpet/saxophone musician who is in Schlomo's band. Is believed to be Schlomo's best friend.
Miss Esther Sherman - A strict, old-fashioned and academic English teacher who loves her students despite the fact that she comes down hard on them.
Ms. Greta Bell - Dance teacher with a big passion for different styles of dance. Believes that dance is a way of life. Is very protective and believes in her students.
Mr. Myers - A laid back drama teacher with an obsession for human psychology.
Mr. Sheinkopf - European Music tutor with a love for classical music and dislike for all things rock and roll.

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Quelques remarques

David De Silva has conceived a sequel, Fame Forever -Talent Springs Eternal, with a book by Ben H. Winters, and music by Steve Margoshes. It was first performed by Glasgow's Apollo Players at the Kings Theatre in 2007. The American debut of the sequel, titled Fame Forever - Talent Springs Eternal (formerly Reunion and Rebirth) played September 21–30, 2007, at the Waterville Opera House, Waterville, Maine. It also received a co-debut at The Players of Sarasota in Sarasota, Florida opening around the same time, but running to October 7, 2007. This show was directed by Thomas DeWyane Barrett.


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