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A Unique Evolution from Screen to Television to Stage

What started as an idea by David De Silva to make a statement about being young, urban and talented grew into one of the most successful movie, television and theatrical stories in entertainment history - the story of FAME.  A uniquely American saga, the story of FAME follows the ups and downs, trials and tribulations and laughter and tears of gifted young high school students who learn that true "fame" must be earned one song and one dance step at a time, but whose rewards will allow you to "live forever."

The story of FAME is based on the hard-working students who were hand-selected to attend the Fiorella H. La Guardia High School for Music and the Performing Arts in New York City, the first government-funded school for the arts in the United States where the tuition is free and admission is determined solely on talent

Native New Yorker De Silva saw an opportunity to create a narrative that combined the ideals of democratic opportunity and diversity with the spicy, raw and pent-up talents of urban youth.  He has been quoted as saying:  "I always believed that in an ideal democratic society, having the opportunity to get out of your neighborhood or ghetto and to go to a specialized school to study something that you are good at . . . offers the greatest preparation for the competitive world we live in."  De Silva committed his thoughts and ideas to paper to create the idea for FAME, and in the progress developed one of the most unique contemporary American classics to earn accolades on the screen, television and stage.

The movie version of FAME, released in 1980 by MGM/United Artist, was produced by David De Silva and Alan Parker, directed by Alan Parker and written by Christopher Gore, with musical score by Michael Gore and choreography by Louis Falco.  Among its remarkable cast were Irene Cara, Albert Hague (Broadway songwriter), Barry Miller, Debbie Allen and Richard Belzer. FAME was nominated for four Academy Awards and took home an Oscar for Michael Gore's musical score.

In January 1982, the television series FAME debuted in NBC-TV's coveted Thursday night slot and aired weekly shows through August, 1983.  The Emmy Award-winning show was produced by Executive Producers William Flynn and Gerald Isenberg and Producers Mel Swope, Stan Rogow and Ken Ehrlich.  David De Silva was Consulting Producer with choreography by Debbie Allen and Otis Sallid.  Debbie Allen, Albert Hague, Lori Singer, Fran Drescher, Alan Weeks and Janet Jackson were among the star-studded cast.  The show went into first-run syndication from 1983 through the fall of 1987, and has been enjoyed by untold millions of viewers in more than 67 countries

FAME - The Musical was originally produced in 1999, based on David De Silva's conception and development, written by Jose Fernandez, lyrics by Jacques Levy and music by Steve Margoshes. It incorporated more contemporary urban music and dance, such as rock, rap and hip-hop to appeal to a new generation of young theatre-goers.

Since then the show has played to sold out crowds and great critical acclaim with Phoenix Entertainments tours of North America and South Korea. Numerous countries around the globe have had the same success with tours of Great Britain, a run in Australia, performances in Italy, Japan, Hungary, South Africa, Portugal and Poland, as well as arena shows in Norway and Sweden, just to name a few. De Silva dreams ofFAME being done in every language. "Every time is different" says De Silva, "In the theatre once you have created the blueprint, it continues to evolve. It's a living breathing thing. When the graduating class sings the anthem 'Bring on Tomorrow' audiences are truly stirred, leaving the theatre with the message 'we can make a difference'."

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