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BrumHour saw Fame at the invite of The Alexandra.
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For Brum Radio’s Interval Theatre, Dave Massey spoke to Laura Byran and Michael Pegg about their roles in this Alexandra Stage Experience production of Fame. Plus Harry Preece spoke about being a senior technician at The Alexandra. Listen here:
By Dave Massey twitter.com/brumhour
This production contains some strong language plus drugs and sexual references.
Review: Fame at The Alexandra
⭐⭐⭐⭐A brilliant musical theatre production
Directed and choreographed by Pollyann Tanner, written by Jose Fernandez, music by Steve Margoshes and lyrics by Jacques Levy
Set across four years Fame follows the paths of a collection of New York City high school students covering their lives from the ages of 15-18 at the famous high school for performing arts.
This is a big ensemble piece which focuses on several stories at once, there is Nick (played by Mason Daw), Serena (Freya Hancox) and Joe “José” (Louise Goode) in Mr Myers (Michael Pegg)’s drama classes. Mr Sheinkopf (William Dodd) teaches music to Carmen (Laura Byran), Schlomo (Cree Henson), Goody (Nathan Wong) and Grace (Eva Derbyshire). Finally, there is Ms Bell (Molly Hopkins) who teaches dance to Mabel (Eden Wedgbrow), Tyrone (Bradley Mutizwa) and Iris (Jasmine Gill). All overseen by Principal Sherman (Molly Ann Bache).
This flexes with ease from being an intimate story with two or three characters to a full stage of fifty people. The huge numbers were where the passion and choreography stood out for me. Though there was plenty of talent on display with the on-stage percussion and even Shakespeare within the show itself.
Whilst set in the late 1980s following on from the timeline of the film (which is considered fictional in this narrative), the costumes and outfits worn were quite 1990s, no day-glow and big hair to be seen here. The show has a huge nod to now with one of its moments later on but I won’t spoil this.
There are some quite adult dialogue so anyone taking pre-teens might have a bit of a shock explaining some of the single entendre to younger audience members. Also, dear adults, DO NOT TAKE PHOTOS OR FILM DURING THE SHOW! THANKS! It’s really disruptive to everyone on behind you and your grainy blurry photos won’t help you recall anything.
Stand out performers include Bradley Mutizwa skilfully demonstrating how working-class people particularly from different backgrounds can be disadvantaged by the arts. He also shows his own great dance skills. Of course, the anthem sung by Laura Byran as Carmen is totally iconic and brings a huge party atmosphere after the curtain call (the bowing). Great performances all round and a huge well done to everyone at The Alexandra for all their efforts in bringing this production to life after such a long break from stage experience (last one was in 2019!).
A brilliant musical theatre production. Fame is at The Alexandra until 27th August 2022. Book tickets and discover what is coming up at The Alexandra and book tickets using BrumHour’s affiliate link >> HERE <<.