A group of talented students from LMA are set to perform alongside the cast of iconic 80s TV series, Fame.
The budding stars will join eight of the hit show’s actors and actresses for two special charity concerts of The Fame UK Reunion at the M&S Bank Arena in May.
Following a series of auditions, in which students competed for a coveted place in the show, judges selected 15 performers from LMA, including former students and mentors.
The group will act as backing dancers and backing vocalists when original cast members – Erica Gimpel (Coco), Valerie Landsburg (Doris), Lee Curreri (Bruno), Carlo Imperato (Danny), P R Paul (Montgomery), Cynthia Gibb (Holly), Nia Peeples (Nicole) and Jesse Borrego (Jesse) – take to the stage in the UK together for the first time in 35 years.
The show, which will raise vital funds for Claire House Children’s Hospice, takes place from 5-6 May, with students now busy preparing for opening night.
Stephanie Wallace Carr, Creative Director at LMA, will be choreographing the show. She said: “I’m lucky enough to have worked on some absolutely fantastic projects throughout my career, and it’s down to the inspiration Fame gave me – it was such an iconic film and, later, an amazing TV series.
“Having so many of our students involved in the show is incredible and is true testament to their talent and dedication. We have four mentors who have been selected, too, making it extra special for them to share in the excitement, while a former student will also be taking on backing vocals. Plus, we’ll be providing a choir, so it’s a real collaborative effort.
“We’re now in the throes of rehearsals and making sure we’re as slick as possible, so I’m confident it’s going to be a fantastic show!”
The Fame television series ran from 1982 to 1987, with several cast members forming The Kids from Fame group.
Their self-titled album spent a total of 12 weeks at the top of the UK charts in the summer of 1982 and spawned two hit singles, Hi Fidelity and Starmaker.
Now, audiences will get the chance to take a trip down memory lane, with specialist college and university centre LMA helping to add a modern twist.
Among those taking part are tutors Elizabeth Carney, Richard Leeson and Charlotte Croft, who will join former student Sophie Fraser as backing vocalists, while mentor Lucy Gill will join the dancers as assistant choreographer. Dancers from LMA are: Sinead Ahrend, Connor Beardsmore, Nicole Bowden, Joel Cornwall, Rhea Crosbie, Jade Fazakerley, Tina Hawley, Jessica Jones, Antonia Livingstone, Paige Moon, Charlie Peacock, Beth Rushby, Poppy Smith and Josie Taplin.
Sue Hinds, producer of Fame UK Reunion, said: “The two shows in Liverpool are already shaping up to be pretty spectacular. It’s a chance for fans of the original series to enjoy some nostalgia, while also introducing a brand new generation to the magic of Fame.
“We were so impressed by the level of talent and passion of the LMA students and we have absolutely no doubt that they’ll fit seamlessly in to the show.”
Fame UK Reunion concerts take place from 5-6 May 2019. Tickets are £18.90-£49.50, plus a £2.55 fulfilment fee per order, and are available from the M&S Bank Arena website: https://www.mandsbankarena.com/whats-on/fame-uk-reunion/ or www.fameukreunion.co.uk
"We were so impressed by the level of talent and passion of the LMA students and we have absolutely no doubt that theyll fit seamlessly in to the show."
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