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What we thought of Fame the Musical at the Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

By Rachel Dixon

Fame was fiery, powerful and fun, and I want to watch it all again.

The UK tour of the stage school musical Fame burst on to the stage at the Marlowe Theatre last night.

It follows a number of late teen hopefuls who are brimming with passion and the ambition to become stars. And the cast absolutely ran with it.

A scene from Fame The Musical Tour @ Palace Theatre, Manchester. Director and Choreographer Nick Winston..(Taken 19-07-18).©Tristram Kenton 07-18.(3 Raveley Street, LONDON NW5 2HX TEL 0207 267 5550 Mob 07973 617 355)email: tristram@tristramkenton.com...... (14957131)
A scene from Fame The Musical Tour @ Palace Theatre, Manchester. Director and Choreographer Nick Winston..(Taken 19-07-18).©Tristram Kenton 07-18.(3 Raveley Street, LONDON NW5 2HX TEL 0207 267 5550 Mob 07973 617 355)email: tristram@tristramkenton.com...... (14957131)

To my delight a number of familiar faces made up the cast.

The school's principal Miss Sherman was played by platinum selling singer and What Not To Wear presenter Mica Paris.

She is a seasoned performer and stole the show with her solo ballad, These Are My Children.

Mica Paris (9100151)
Mica Paris (9100151)

Her voice commanded attention, everyone in the audience watched in awe as she delivered jaw-dropping high notes and vocal runs.

Hollyoaks-turned-reality TV star Jorgie Porter, played pupil and prima ballerina Iris.

She was suitable haughty and danced with flawless, classical ballet lines, then relaxed her icy exterior when she joined forces with hip hop, rapper and school bad boy Tyrone.

A scene from Fame The Musical Tour @ Palace Theatre, Manchester. Director and Choreographer Nick Winston. (Taken 19-07-18) ©Tristram Kenton 07-18 (3 Raveley Street, LONDON NW5 2HX TEL 0207 267 5550 Mob 07973 617 355)email: tristram@tristramkenton.com (14604431)
A scene from Fame The Musical Tour @ Palace Theatre, Manchester. Director and Choreographer Nick Winston. (Taken 19-07-18) ©Tristram Kenton 07-18 (3 Raveley Street, LONDON NW5 2HX TEL 0207 267 5550 Mob 07973 617 355)email: tristram@tristramkenton.com (14604431)

Dancer Jamal Kane Crawford was a force of nature on stage, performing high energy routines with attack while still pushing the vocals.

The star of the show was Carmen, a Latina dance pupil whose dreams lead her down a dark path.

She was striking, confident and an excellent dancer, the audience could tell she would be a star and to my surprise, on Monday night she was actually played by understudy Serina Mathew.

A scene from Fame The Musical Tour @ Palace Theatre, Manchester. Director and Choreographer Nick Winston. (Taken 19-07-18) ©Tristram Kenton 07-18 (3 Raveley Street, LONDON NW5 2HX TEL 0207 267 5550 Mob 07973 617 355)email: tristram@tristramkenton.com (13976858)
A scene from Fame The Musical Tour @ Palace Theatre, Manchester. Director and Choreographer Nick Winston. (Taken 19-07-18) ©Tristram Kenton 07-18 (3 Raveley Street, LONDON NW5 2HX TEL 0207 267 5550 Mob 07973 617 355)email: tristram@tristramkenton.com (13976858)

In the second act she was noticeably dishevelled and down trodden from her failed trip to become a star in LA and broke hearts with her final song In LA.

Her love interest, and music prodigy Schlomo, followed her every move like a loyal labrador.

Played by Gibraltar born Simon Anthony, his voice was warm, filled with emotion and he was a surprisingly expert dancer for a character who was supposed to be a pianist. But then again the Fame School does teach pupils to be a triple threat.

A scene from Fame The Musical Tour @ Palace Theatre, Manchester. Director and Choreographer Nick Winston. (Taken 19-07-18) ©Tristram Kenton 07-18 (3 Raveley Street, LONDON NW5 2HX TEL 0207 267 5550 Mob 07973 617 355)email: tristram@tristramkenton.com (14604433)
A scene from Fame The Musical Tour @ Palace Theatre, Manchester. Director and Choreographer Nick Winston. (Taken 19-07-18) ©Tristram Kenton 07-18 (3 Raveley Street, LONDON NW5 2HX TEL 0207 267 5550 Mob 07973 617 355)email: tristram@tristramkenton.com (14604433)

Class clowns Mabel and Joe Vegas brought a welcome break from the intensity of the other pupils, while drama students Serena and Nick took me back to my school days.

Thespian Nick was played by Keith Jack, who was runner-up on Andrew Lloyd Webber's Any Dream Will Do reality show where voters chose who would play Joseph in the West End.

A scene from Fame The Musical Tour @ Palace Theatre, Manchester. Director and Choreographer Nick Winston. (Taken 19-07-18) ©Tristram Kenton 07-18 (3 Raveley Street, LONDON NW5 2HX TEL 0207 267 5550 Mob 07973 617 355)email: tristram@tristramkenton.com (14604429)
A scene from Fame The Musical Tour @ Palace Theatre, Manchester. Director and Choreographer Nick Winston. (Taken 19-07-18) ©Tristram Kenton 07-18 (3 Raveley Street, LONDON NW5 2HX TEL 0207 267 5550 Mob 07973 617 355)email: tristram@tristramkenton.com (14604429)

He was mysterious, dark, brooding and intense - that boy you really fancy but he won't let you in.

His drama partner, kooky and undeniably nerdy Serena, fell for him hard and fast. But did her advances lead to true love? That would be telling...

The whole show was a musical spectacular, the cast danced with frantic energy, split leaps and crowd wowing flips.

By the final curtain the whole audience was up and dancing.

Forget journalism, where can I sign up for the Fame School?

* The show is at the Marlowe in Canterbury until Saturday, August 17. To book click here.

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