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Fame the Musical - Lowry....yikes

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songanddanceman2
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Fame the Musical - Lowry....yikes
Posted: 5/8/14 at 04:54pm
I had a feeling the update would be terrible and it was, nothing about this show worked (and lets be honest its not great to begin with but always fun and energetic), but all the life was sucked out of it. Relocating it to today did not work and was not consistent at all and the new arrangements to the songs are dire (Dancing on the Sidewalk a particular low point). The set was one of the worst i have ever seen (bring back the original set), the lighting was ghastly (apart from on In LA which was pretty well done all round), the choreography was empty and shallow and the acting on display was pretty dire.

Jodi is a great singer but why she is playing Carmen like a total b***h i have no idea (she's ambitious not nasty) and the less said about the awful southern American accent by the girl playing Mabel (who didn't chew the scenery as much as eat it, spit it out and eat it again) the better.

The energy really lifted on the encore of Fame only to be slapped back down when you realised something was missing.,.....the taxi, really?

Fame does need a reworking (personally i would love to see it go back to its roots of the 88 production at the Coconut Grove Playhouse), take on a darker feel much like the film, this update however has made it far worse and exposed all the flaws by bringing it out of the 80s.

One of the worst nights at the theatre in awhile. Avoid
Namo i love u but we get it already....you don't like Madonna
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Fame the Musical - Lowry....yikes
Posted: 5/8/14 at 08:00pm
I have never seen any production of Fame and SADM performed in the said musical, will know inside out, hell I am still tempted to see this and your review makes me even more curious.
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songanddanceman2
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Fame the Musical - Lowry....yikes
Posted: 5/8/14 at 09:24pm
Enter at your peril
Namo i love u but we get it already....you don't like Madonna
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joined:3/26/08
Fame the Musical - Lowry....yikes
Posted: 5/9/14 at 02:23pm
LOL........Unfortunately it is good to suffer the pains of bad theatre occasionally, so you can then appreciate the good stuff. But as always I will go in open minded, then again this can't be as bad as that heap which is closing tomorrow night - I Can't Sing: The Simon Cowell Tribute Musical.
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nataliealana
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Fame the Musical - Lowry....yikes
Posted: 5/13/14 at 07:34pm
The 'modernisation' was so unnecessary. It was so distracting having them waving their iphones and smartphones around. Plus changing lyrics to be more current, replacing Madonna with Rihanna etc. I was also heartbroken that there was no taxi as even amateur productions have had it.

Fame was the first musical I fell in love with and I still had a reasonable time but I have no idea why they made those changes.

 

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