Fame Hits the Mainstream of Musical Theatre

Heather Brown

Being a huge fan of musical theater, I was extremely excited to see that Fame was again hitting mainstream audiences. Fame was originally a film made in 1980. It has since been adapted to a successful television show and musical on and off Broadway. This new rendition of a classic has revitalized the original story with a fresh young cast, seasoned actors and hot new dance moves and music.

The movie opens with audition day. A day that anyone in the music field knows is more nerve racking than most others, we meet the main characters and learn what they hope to study. From acting to classical musicianship, this school for the arts covers it all. We follow the story of aspiring actresses, singers, pianists, rappers, film directors and dancers.

The young cast, which includes Kay Panabaker, Walter Perez, Kherington Payne, Naturi Naughton, Anna Maria Perez de Tagie, and Collins Pennie, revitalized Fame and depicted the struggles that young people face in their search to make a name for themselves.

The film also stars some household names including Bebe Neuwirth, Charles S. Dutton, Kelsey Grammer, Megan Mullally and Debbie Allen. These actors and actresses portray the professors aiming to make stars out of their students.

The four-year career at the performing arts high school is not without difficulties. Students are required to attend every class that an ordinary high school is required to attend as well as their performing arts classes. Most do not achieve their dream of fame and some drop out before graduation, but there are a few who break through and make it big.

Through the beautiful artistry displayed at the school’s Halloween party and graduation ceremony, audiences can see classical musicianship, modern dance, and gospel as well as rap, hip hop, and contemporary vocal performances.

All in all, Fame is a wonderful rendition of a classic that has been adapted for today’s audiences. Whether you enjoy seeing performances or not, you cannot deny that those kids are talented after seeing the film. I would recommend Fame to anyone and everyone.