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#31 Steve

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Posted 27 February 2014 - 10:12 AM

Saw this last night in Wimbledon and thought it was a bit of a mixed bag. I only went because there was an offer for £13 tickets, so I thought I'd try. I saw the original London production and a few productions since, but never been a big fan of the show.

This "remixed" tour does sounds good. I like the way they've updated the score to make it sound more relevant. However, the set is SO cheap. A few boxes on wheels that are shifted around endlessly. Not even the yellow taxi to dance on at the end of the show. The choreography is fantastic, although some cast members were out of time and really distracting throughout every dance number! Once they get it together, the show is worth seeing for the choreography alone.

The cast is a bit of a mixed bag too. Landi Oshinowo, Jodie Steele, Molly Stewart and Joseph Giacone really stood out, but the rest of the cast weren't great. Overall it had the feel of a GSA end of year show I thought. Schlomo had a weird accent that went from American to Irish during the interval! Nick was far from the amazing actor he was supposed to be and both him and Serena had very weak voices.

It was worth £13, but I'm glad I didn't pay more.

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Posted 27 February 2014 - 01:16 PM

View PostSteve, on 27 February 2014 - 10:12 AM, said:

Saw this last night in Wimbledon and thought it was a bit of a mixed bag. I only went because there was an offer for £13 tickets, so I thought I'd try. I saw the original London production and a few productions since, but never been a big fan of the show.

This "remixed" tour does sounds good. I like the way they've updated the score to make it sound more relevant. However, the set is SO cheap. A few boxes on wheels that are shifted around endlessly. Not even the yellow taxi to dance on at the end of the show. The choreography is fantastic, although some cast members were out of time and really distracting throughout every dance number! Once they get it together, the show is worth seeing for the choreography alone.

The cast is a bit of a mixed bag too. Landi Oshinowo, Jodie Steele, Molly Stewart and Joseph Giacone really stood out, but the rest of the cast weren't great. Overall it had the feel of a GSA end of year show I thought. Schlomo had a weird accent that went from American to Irish during the interval! Nick was far from the amazing actor he was supposed to be and both him and Serena had very weak voices.

It was worth £13, but I'm glad I didn't pay more.

I pretty much agree with everything you said. I saw the second preview and as it was my first time seeing Fame live, I enjoyed it for the most part. But I also thought the sets were very disappointing and both Serena and Nick were weak vocally. Loved the dancing and some of the performances, though!
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#33 Showstopper

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Posted 27 February 2014 - 04:12 PM

Ill give this a miss or just wait for my local college to preform a true version of fame...





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Posted 23 March 2014 - 08:38 PM

I saw this yesterday in York and enjoyed it. I've seen a few previous versions and thought this was just as good. I liked that it is set in the modern day with references to Rihanna and Katy Perry, and the students using mobiles and tablets. I also missed the car though and agree that the set is very basic. The ending is a bit different - I'll describe it in spoiler tags below for anyone who is interested.
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I might try and see it again later on in the run as it was a fun afternoon out and I enjoyed the music and dancing.

ETA - there were some technical problems with the spotlights at the beginning. In Pray they were all over the place and hardly ever on the person singing! There was a show stop at that point, which as they go wasn't too bad as the theatre has free wifi and they kept updating us that they were fixing the problem. When the show restarted (after about 10 minutes I think) they sang Pray again with the correct spotlights! That's the second show stop I've had at York theatre - last time happened with Legally Blonde, although that was worse as there were two stops, one of which was much longer and lots of the audience decided to go to the bar as it was so close to the interval!!!
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Posted 07 April 2014 - 10:01 PM

Just saw this on a cheapo £13 ticket locally - what a bizarre show!!

It didn't know what it wanted to be and the script smacks of a huge cut and paste job as an attempt to constantly keep it contemporary.

if you're gonna do "Fame" it needs to be a period piece and far more CAMP!

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Posted 08 April 2014 - 06:46 PM

Yeah, it is rubbish.. And for some reason when I saw it in Wimbledon the band looked tiny. Im sure my local college even had the full orchestration.. Anyone know what instruments are missing to save costs and if they use click tracks?


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Posted 09 April 2014 - 12:05 AM

View PostSeriously, on 07 February 2014 - 01:34 AM, said:

I think you can expect all Kenwright shows to include a reduced band in future.  The new music supervisor likes his click tracks!

Well I hate to say I told you so....

#38 jean_hunt

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Posted 09 April 2014 - 11:28 PM

Saw this in York and have to agree, it was pretty poor. Distant_Cousin is right about the period piece thing. You can't announce "So, we're the last graduating class, the class of 2014" while at the same time showing a bunch of supposedly cool young people being homophobic and the female students positively welcoming being touched up/leered at. Also, in 2014 Carmen would've just gone off and done a reality TV show, surely?

On the plus side, I thought the actress playing Serena had a lovely voice (given some of the comments here, I'm wondering if I saw a different person play the part the night I went) and the bloke playing the male lead dancer (Tyrone?) was amazing; you couldn't take your eyes off him when he was on stage.




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