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"Fame" offers musical magic

By Xu Wei
Shanghai Daily 12-26-2009


THE original Broadway musical "Fame" -- about kids entering the famous High School for Performing Arts in New York -- is currently being staged through to January 3 at Shanghai City Theater in Minhang District.

The 1980 Oscar-winning film "Fame," a legendary high school movie, is the basis for the Broadway musical play and a recent movie remake.

The story follows a group of talented dancers, singers, actors and musicians selected for the prestigious academy, and has influenced generations of people who aspire to perform.

"Fame," the Broadway musical, has played to sold-out crowds and received standing ovations around the world.

It hit Shanghai's stage in a tour of around 30 countries and regions that has grossed more than US$300 million at the box office.

The story is about the ups and downs of gifted young high school students -- with different backgrounds, aspirations and problems -- who are hand-picked to enter the highly competitive school.

They all want to be famous -- "I Want to Live Forever" is the theme song -- but they learn, predictably, that fame is hard work and must be won by one song and one dance at a time.

Despite the success of "Fame" in both film and television, producer David De Silva embarked on a completely new stage version of the project, with composer Steve Margoshes and lyricist Jacques Levy. It took him eight years to bring to completion.

Professor Sun Huizhu, vice president of Shanghai Theater Academy, says he was deeply impressed by the classic's musical scores when he first saw the show in the late 1980s.

"The lively and entertaining show is inspiring for a young Chinese generation that dreams of stardom," Sun says.

The show is performed in its original English version with Chinese subtitles.

Date: through to January 3, 7:30pm

Venue: Shanghai City Theater

Address: 4889 Dushi Rd

Tickets: 80-980 yuan

Tel: 5415-8975; 5415-8976

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