Fame The Musical, Ipswich Regent review: ‘A mix of unrequited love, leg warmers and leotards’
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Based on the 1980s film of the same name is the UK musical tour starring Mica Paris, Keith Jack and Jorgie Porter.
Set in a New York Performing Arts School, we follow the rocky journey of the students through their adolescent years.
A mix of unrequited love (it all ends well!), challenging behaviour, substance abuse, sexuality and academic hurdles, all topped off with leg warmers and a healthy dose of leotards, this is a fun show for 80s fans.
Mica Paris reminds us of what a superb and powerful voice she has with other outstanding vocal performances from Keith Jack and Molly McGuire as Nick and Serena.
The performance consisted of a variety of dance routines from Salsa to ballet with some impressive lifts and hip twists.
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Jamal Kane Crawford plays a brooding Tyrone successfully with some impressive hip hop dance moves and great partnering to Jorgie Porter’s Iris.
Their unlikely pairing is endearing and enjoyable to watch.
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The saddest element and very apt at present is the eventual loss of Carmen due to substance abuse leaving a hole in her class.
This sadness turns into a great ending where finally we hear the whole of Irena Cara Oscar winning title song to the film.
Something I was disappointed to only hear in full at the end!
An enjoyable night that left the audience clapping and dancing in their seats.