Published: 06:01, 11 August 2019
"Fame costs, and right here's where you start paying... in sweat" - were the immortal words of tough dance instructor Lydia Grant back in the 80s.
For the cast of Fame the Musical, their investment is every night on stage as the high-energy, high-kicking show tours the country, coming to the Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury on Monday, August 12.
Based on the 1980s pop culture phenomenon, the show follows a group of students at New York's High School for the Performing Arts as they navigate their way through the highs and lows of life.
The show, which will be in the county during its 30th anniversary, explores issues that still confront many young people today including prejudice, identity, pride, sexuality, substance abuse and perseverance.
Featuring the Oscar-winning title song - which hit the top of the charts, sung by Irene Cara back in 1980 - and a talented cast, the show features Hollyoaks' Jorgie Porter as Iris Kelly, who has also appeared in ITV's Dancing On Ice and I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! with Keith Jack, a star of BBC1's Any Dream Will Do, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, as Nick Piazza and singing star Mica Paris as Miss Sherman, who has Top 10 hit singles and albums from her 30-year career.
Fame The Musical is at the Marlowe from Monday August 12 to Saturday August 17. It contains adult themes and language. For tickets go to marlowetheatre.com or call 01227 787787.
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