Review: Fame the Musical 30th Anniversary Tour at Bournemouth Pavilion

I was brought up in the 1980’s and my TV programmes of choice were always Knight Rider, The A-Team, Dukes of Hazard and Fame.

In fact, I have clear memories of making up dance routines in my lounge, to the soundtrack of Fame – probably very badly!!

Last night, we were invited to relive our youth and see the 30th anniversary tour of Fame at Bournemouth Pavilion.

A scene from Fame The Musical Tour @ Palace Theatre, Manchester. Director and Choreographer Nick Winston. (Taken 19-07-18) ©Tristram Kenton 07-18 (3 Raveley Street, LONDON NW5 2HX TEL 0207 267 5550 Mob 07973 617 355)email: tristram@tristramkenton.com

Set in 1984, the musical follows the lives of students at New York’s High School For The Performing Arts as they navigate their way through the highs and lows, the romances and the heartbreaks and the ultimate elation of life. This bittersweet but uplifting triumph of a show explores the issues that confront many young people today: prejudice, identity, pride, literacy, sexuality, substance abuse and perseverance.

A scene from Fame The Musical Tour @ Palace Theatre, Manchester. Director and Choreographer Nick Winston. (Taken 19-07-18) ©Tristram Kenton 07-18 (3 Raveley Street, LONDON NW5 2HX TEL 0207 267 5550 Mob 07973 617 355)email: tristram@tristramkenton.com

The musical bursts open with the kids all auditioning for their places at the coveted New York High School For The Performing Arts. The successful candidates then meet their head of year, Miss Sherman, played by Mica Paris, before launching into the song “Hard Work”.

A scene from Fame The Musical Tour @ Palace Theatre, Manchester. Director and Choreographer Nick Winston. (Taken 19-07-18) ©Tristram Kenton 07-18 (3 Raveley Street, LONDON NW5 2HX TEL 0207 267 5550 Mob 07973 617 355)email: tristram@tristramkenton.com

If you are thinking of taking the kids to see it, I would advise not to as Fame laced with less-than-subtle innuendos and the occasional swear word.

A scene from Fame The Musical Tour @ Palace Theatre, Manchester. Director and Choreographer Nick Winston. (Taken 19-07-18) ©Tristram Kenton 07-18 (3 Raveley Street, LONDON NW5 2HX TEL 0207 267 5550 Mob 07973 617 355)email: tristram@tristramkenton.com

That said, it is packed full of spectacular dance routines, toe-tapping songs and raw emotion. Mica Paris steals the show the song, “These are my children”, closely followed by Stephanie Rojas as the feisty Carmen, but the whole cast are amazing with beautiful voices and live instrument playing.

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A scene from Fame The Musical Tour @ Palace Theatre, Manchester. Director and Choreographer Nick Winston. (Taken 19-07-18) ©Tristram Kenton 07-18 (3 Raveley Street, LONDON NW5 2HX TEL 0207 267 5550 Mob 07973 617 355)email: tristram@tristramkenton.com

The show ends on a high note and the finale gets the whole theatre on its feet with the whole audience dancing and singing along to Irene Cara’s theme tune – Fame! (I’m going to live forever)………

A scene from Fame The Musical Tour @ Palace Theatre, Manchester. Director and Choreographer Nick Winston. (Taken 19-07-18) ©Tristram Kenton 07-18 (3 Raveley Street, LONDON NW5 2HX TEL 0207 267 5550 Mob 07973 617 355)email: tristram@tristramkenton.com

Fame the Musical is at Bournemouth Pavilion until 31st August, before it continues its tour around the country. Find more dates and locations at fameuktour.co.uk/

Disclaimer: We were guests of Bournemouth Pavilion for the purpose of a review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.

23 thoughts on “Review: Fame the Musical 30th Anniversary Tour at Bournemouth Pavilion

  1. This looks so much fun. Its been a long time since I have watched a musical show and this makes me feel to give myself me time and watch musicals.

  2. OMG! So glad you got to watch this at Bournemouth as we watched them when they were touring in Stoke and we had such a blast, the cast were so talented and the singing and dancing was ace too!!

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