Fame Stars Announced

May 24, 2018 | By | Reply More

Keith Jack joins cast of Fame the Musical

Keith Jack is to fly, high, as Nick Piazza in the 30th anniversary tour of Fame the Musical, coming to the Edinburgh King’s in October 2018 after opening in Manchester in June.

The show will also feature Mica Paris as Miss Sherman and Jorgie Porter, who is best known as Hollyoaks‘ Theresa McQueen, making her professional stage debut as Iris Kelly. It is produced by Selladoor Productions.

Theresa McQueen, Keith Jack and Mica Paris with the some of the Fame ensemble. Pic: Selladoor Productions.

Fame the Musical is based on the award-winning 1980 movie directed by Alan Parker, staring Irene Cara and Eddie Barth. The musical premiered in 1988, having been developed by David de Silva.

It follows the lives of a group of aspiring entertainers at New York’s High School for Performing Arts from their first audition right up to graduation. It has endured partly because of its hit title song, but more because of the issues it covers – prejudice, identity, pride, literacy, sexuality, substance abuse and perseverance.



Having had its London premiere in 1995, the show toured the following year and is a regular both in the West End where it has had seven incarnations and on the touring circuit. The last professional tour to hit Edinburgh was a somewhat re-booted affair in 2014 at the Playhouse (★★★☆☆ Learning to fly).

Dalkieth-born Jack first came to national recognition when he was runner-up on BBC1’s Any Dream Will Do, eventually appearing in the title role of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the Playhouse in 2010. For Fame he will be taking on the role of serious acting student, Nick Piazza.

First glimpse

Singer Mica Paris who will be playing the hard-as-nails English teacher Miss Sherman says the movie of Fame was a big favourite: “because it really was the first glimpse of what the beginning process of becoming trained artist entailed!” She will be

Besides a wealth of top 10 hit singles and albums over a 30 year singing career and regular TV appearances, Paris’s recent stage credits include Sylvia in Love Me Tender and Mama Morton in the UK tour of Chicago.

Jorgie Porter is taking on the role of classically trained dancer, Iris Kelly. Besides her turn on Hollyoaks, she was Miss Croft in the remake of Are You Being Served and was a running up in the seventh series of Dancing On Ice on ITV.

Porter says: “I am so excited to be making my stage debut playing Iris Kelly in Fame. The musical is one of my favourite ever films and I can’t wait to open the show in Manchester, my home town. I’ve not had a chance to perform ballet for a long time, it’s what I originally trained in – so I’m looking forward to getting my ballet shoes on!”

Full Cast

The full cast will also include Stephanie Rojas as the tragic Carmen, Jamal Crawford as hip hop dancer Tyrone who has a love-hate relationship with Iris, Simon Anthony as the classically trained musician Schlomo, Molly McGuire as acting student Serena who has a crush on Nick and Albey Brooks as class clown, Joe.

Hayley Johnston will play dancer Mabel,  Louisa Beadel drummer Lambchops and Alexander Zane will be trumpeter Goody. For the teaching staff Katie Warsop will be Miss Bell and Dermot Canavan will play Mr Scheinkopf. The ensemble also includes Cameron Johnson, Rebecca French, Daisy Twells, Tom Mussell, Morgan Jackson and Ryan Kayode.

Direction and choreography will be by Nick Winston with design by Morgan Large, lighting design by Prema Mehta and sound design by Ben Harrison. Mark Crossland will be musical supervisor.

Listings:

Fame – The Musical
King’s Theatre, 2 Leven Street EH3 9LQ.
Monday 22 – Saturday 27 October 2018.
Times: Evenings: 7.30pm; Weds, Sat matinees: 2.30pm.
Tickets and details: www.capitaltheatres.com.

Tour website: http://fameuktour.co.uk/
Twitter: @famemusicaluk

Fame: The Musical UK tour 2018/19:
26 – 28 July 2018 Manchester 
Palace Theatre
0844 871 3019 Book online
30 July – 4 Aug 2018 Glasgow 
Theatre Royal
0844 871 7647 Book online
6 – 11 Aug 2018 Llandudno 
Venue Cymru
01492 872000 Book online
13 – 18 Aug 2018 Blackpool 
Winter Gardens
0844 856 1111 Book online
20 – 25 Aug 2018 Tunbridge Wells 
Assembly Hall Theatre
01892 530 613 Book online
27 Aug – 1 Sept 2018 Bradford 
Alhambra
01274 432 000 Book online
3 – 8 Sept 2018 Reading 
The Hexagon
0118 960 6060 Book online
10 – 15 Sept 2018 Aberdeen 
His Majesty’s Theatre
01224 641122 Book online
24 – 29 Sept 2018 Cardiff 
New Theatre
029 2087 8889 Book online
1 – 6 Oct 2018 Woking 
New Victoria
0844 871 7645 Book online
8 – 13 Oct 2018 Sheffield 
Lyceum Theatre
0114 249 6000 Book online
15 – 20 Oct 2018 Bridlington 
The Spa
01262 678258 Book online
22 – 27 Oct 2018 Edinburgh 
Kings Theatre
0131 529 6000 Book online
29 Oct – 3 Nov 2018 Ipswich 
Regent
01473 433100 Book online
5 – 10 Nov 2018 Brighton 
Theatre Royal
0844 871 7650 Book online
19 – 24 Nov 2018 Birmingham 
The New Alexandra Theatre
0844 871 3011 Book online
26 Nov – 1 Dec 2018 Aylesbury 
Aylesbury Waterside Theatre
08448 717 627 Book online
2019
28 Jan – 19 Feb 2019 Shrewsbury 
Theatre Severn
01743 281281 Book online
21 – 26 Jan 2019 Cheltenham
Everyman Theatre
01242 572573 Book online
28 Jan – 2 Feb 2019 Shrewsbury
Severn Theatre
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18 – 23 Feb 2019 Wimbledon
New Wimbledon Theatre
0844 871 7646 Book online
25 Feb – 2 Mar 2019 Inverness
Eden Court Theatre
01463 234234 Book online
4 – 9 Mar 2019 York
Opera House
0844 871 3024 Book online
11 – 16 Mar 2019 Liverpool
Empire
0844 871 3017 Book online
25 – 30 Mar 2019 Grimsby
Auditorium
0300 3000035 Book online
1 – 6 Apr 2019 Swansea
Grand
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8 – 13 Apr 2019 Sunderland
Empire
0844 871 3022 Book online
15 – 20 Apr 2019 Stoke
The Regent Theatre
0844 871 7649 Book online
10 – 15 Jun 2019 Bristol
Hippodrome
0844 871 3012 Book online
24 – 29 Jun 2019 Milton Keynes
Milton Keynes Theatre
0844 871 7627 Book online
15 – 20 Jul 2019 Wirral
Floral Pavillion
0151 666 0000 Book online
12 – 17 Aug 2019 Canterbury
Marlowe Theatre
01227 787787 Book online
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