Full Cast and Creative Team Announced for FAME 35th Anniversary Reunion Concert
Lee Curreri, who played "Bruno Martelli" in both the television series and the 1980 film, joins previously announced "FAME" stars Debbie Allen ("Lydia Grant"), Jesse Borrego ("Jesse Valesquez"), Cynthia Gibb ("Holly Laird"), Erica Gimpel ("Coco Hernandez"), Billy Hufsey ("Christopher Donlon"), Carlo Imperato ("Danny Amatullo"), Valerie Landsburg ("Doris Schwartz") and P.R. Paul ("Montgomery MacNeil"). The concert will feature special guests Dedrick Bonner, Julie Garnye, Jesimiel Jenkins and Margaret M. Spirito. The band is comprised of music director Yaron Spiwak on piano, associate musical director James Harper on guitars, Mitchell Kaplan on keyboards and synth, Guy Azulay on drums and percussion, and Joey Clement on bass
The "FAME" 35th Anniversary Reunion Concert is written and directed by Luke Yankee, and produced by Scott Appel for The Actors Fund. Don Hill is the production stage manager.
"FAME" originally premiered on NBC on January 7, 1982 and won 2 consecutive Golden Globe Awards for Best Television Series - Comedy or Musical in 1983 and 1984. Based on the 1980 film of the same name, the series followed the lives of the students and faculty at New York City's High School for the Performing Arts. Over the course of 6 seasons on NBC and in syndication, 136 episodes were produced. The worldwide popularity of the show led to several hit records and sold-out concerts tours.
The "FAME" 35th Anniversary Reunion Concert follows The Actors Fund's hugely successful concert presentations of "Bombshell" (the musical created within NBC's "Smash") and "Grey's Anatomy: The Songs Beneath The Show."
The Actors Fund is a national human services organization that helps everyone-performers and those behind the scenes-who works in performing arts and entertainment. Serving professionals in film, theatre, television, music, opera, radio and dance, The Fund's programs include social services and emergency financial assistance, health care and insurance counseling, housing, and employment and training services. With offices in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, The Actors Fund is a safety net for those in need, crisis or transition. Visit www.actorsfund.org.