Fame packs a punch at New Wimbledon Theatre

Fame The Musical. Photo courtesy of Hugo Glendinning.

Fame The Musical. Photo courtesy of Hugo Glendinning.

First published in Theatre Your Local Guardian: Photograph of the Author by , Chief reporter

Everyone knows the words to the title Fame song, and toes were tapping when the well-known lines began with gusto.

It was not the only time people could not keep still as the high energy production swept the audience along with it until a standing ovation finale where everyone was encouraged to clap along with the cast on stage.

The plot follows a group of wannabe performers at the High School of Performing Arts in New York City as they enrol, take classes in acting, singing and dancing and then graduate.

There are the recognisable characters - the one with the anger problem, the one with the attitude problem, the one with the family issues, but a few stand out performances mean this is not as irking as it could be.

As well as the impressively powerful vocals of Jodie Steele as wild child Carmen Diaz, Molly Stewart's Mabel Washington blew us away with her rendition of Mabel's Prayer, which involved her dropping to her knees on stage to accentuate the emotion and power in her plea to the Lord above.

A passionate exchange in song between Miss Bell (Hermione Lynch) and Miss Sherman (Landi Oshinowo) was also very good, and clearly demonstrated how much they cared for the future of wayward pupil, a very lean Tyrone Jackson (Alex Thomas.)

The choreography and dancing were particularly impressive, and not discounting the notorious high pike jump, the more modern moves of what can only be described as a hip hop mash up by the male members of the cast, looked good with a pumping soundtrack to boot.

Fame The Musical at the New Wimbledon Theatre is a brilliant show that is a great fun evening out for all the family.

Fame The Musical is running until Saturday, March 1 from Monday to Saturday evenings at 7.30pm, and Wednesday and Saturday matinees at 2.30pm. Tickets cost from £10 to £37.50.

New Wimbledon Theatre, The Broadway, Wimbledon, SW19 1QG. To book tickets, visit the website or call 9844 8717646.

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