FAME The Musical at Venue Cymru – Review

Ah the 80s, the Walkman, leg warmers, videotapes and an 80s TV show called Fame, and it’s that show that inspired an all singing and dancing show in theatres, Fame The Musical is a step back to the 80s.

The new 30th-anniversary tour of Fame The Musical has made its way to Venue Cymru in Llandudno and last night I headed to the theatre, minus the 80s leg warmers (way too hot for them in this heatwave lol), to see a musical of a show I used to love watching back in the 80s.

Fame The Musical stars Keith Jack (Any Dream Will Do, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat), Mica Paris (Love Me Tender, Chicago, Mama I Want To Sing) and Jorgie Porter (Hollyoaks, Dancing On Ice), the show brings together the kids to New York’s High School For The Performing Arts as they go through their term with ups and downs, as well as falling in love and starting lasting friendships, and confronting many issues that people still have to deal with today such as prejudice, identity, pride, literacy, sexuality, substance abuse and perseverance.

Fame the Musical - Lead Cast - Venue Cymru

The show is beautifully produced from start to finish, Selladoor Worldwide has brought to the stage a show that is full of amazing musical numbers, a brilliant rendition of the Fame theme, director and choreographer, Nick Winston, certainly shows the passion that he has for the 80s TV show, Fame The Musical is choreographed so wonderfully, the cast dance flawlessly together not just on the stage, but on a raised platform that runs around the background made of up school yearbook photos.

Lighting of the show is also nicely produced, not only from the stage lighting and the framed stage but also from the yearbook photos, that are used in various colours to produce a disco type effect for the music and subtle mood lighting to bring in various moods that the performance demands.

Music for the show is performed by some of the cast and this makes it all feel that you are with the kids at the PA (as they call it in the show), I found my foot tapping away throughout the evening with the many catchy songs that were being performed through the night, but one performance really stood out for me, but it seemed it wasn’t just me. Mica Paris sings about the children and she was stunning, so much so that at the end of her performance the audience exploded with applause for her performance of the song, it’s certainly my most memorable moment form the evening.

All the cast in Fame The Musical are superb, it’s not very often that you can see a show and there isn’t one particular character that is the key character of the show, this is a musical that gives all the cast moments to shine throughout the evening and they all shone like musical beacons in the night, I really can’t fault any of them and the standing ovation for the opening night was very well deserved.

Fame The Musical is a show that you don’t have to have seen the TV Show, it’s a musical that pulls you in as soon as it starts, it’s a show that you really don’t want to miss, a great night out for those that love great music and dance.

So step back to the 80s and head back to the Fame School with Fame The Musical at Venue Cymru until Saturday 11th August 2018.

Tickets are on sale now from www.venuecymru.co.uk or via the Box Office on 01492 872000.

Fame 'Remember My Name"
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Summary

Grab those leg warmers and head back to the 80s with Fame The Musical, a show that will get those toes tapping and heart beating faster.

Karen Woodham
Karen Woodham is the founder and owner of the Blazing Minds. She is also a Cinema reviewer, based at the Scala in Prestatyn and also works with RealD 3D reviewing the latest 3D releases, she has also had several articles published in various publications. In 2015 she became an Award Winning Blogger and also has her website listed as one of the UK's Top 10 Film Blogs.
Karen Woodham