Fame – the Musical is a stage musical based on the 1980 hit musical film Fame which starred Irene Cara and featured the famous title song. The show had its world premiere in Florida, USA in 1988 before it transferred to an Off-Broadway venue in 2003. The show was conceived and developed by David de Silva, who was one of the original producers of the film. After the film’s success, a television series was mounted and it ran for six seasons. The musical was developed away from the film and TV adaptations, and although there are similarities, their scripts and book are fundamentally different. The score for the musical was completely re-written and the title track only included as an addition.
The show first arrived in London in 1995, opening to mainly positive reviews. After embarking on a UK wide tour in 1996, the show was brought back and revived in the West End in 1997. This production was nominated for two Olivier Awards.
Since the first production in 1995 the show has enjoyed seven separate West End runs; the longest being at the Aldwych Theatre from 2002 to 2006. The show has also found a home at the Cambridge, the Prince of Wales, the Shaftesbury and the Victoria Palace. The show also continues to tour the country regularly and is often performed by amateur and school theatre groups.
UK TOUR 2014
A new Fame the Musical UK kicked off in 2014 in a brand new production. Directed by Gary Lloyd, whose credits include ‘Thriller Live’ in the West End, the production began performances at the New Wimbledon Theatre in London on February 2014, where it then embarked upon a UK tour.
History of West End Productions
27th June 1995 – 28th September 1996 – Cambridge Theatre London
11th November 1997 – 17th January 1998 – Victoria Palace Theatre, London
15th October 1998 – 16th January 1999 – Prince of Wales Theatre, London
3rd October 2000 – 9 September 2001 – Victoria Palace Theatre, London
20th September 2001 – 31 August 2002 – Aldwych Theatre, London
8 May 2007 – 1 Setpember 2007 – Shaftesbury Theatre, London