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Updated production will ensure Fame lives for ever

This new production of the popular musical is the end result of a nationwide search for new talent in Ireland’s first television casting show.

There is a certain irony that the prize for the two winners, Jessica Cervi and Ben Morris, is that these real life wannabees get to play two artisitic wannabees in this story of the search for success and stardom.

It may be reality acting art or vice versa, but whether you’re a fan of the original ’80s film or its lacklustre remake, this early equivalent of the Glee generation should please.

As shy actress Serena and ambitious actor Nick, these newcomers do well alongside more experienced players in this ensemble piece about chasing one’s dreams updated to include Tango, Rap and Techno at the famous New York High School for Performing Arts.

Former Three Degrees vocalist Sheila Ferguson, who featured in the Belfast Telegraph yesterday, stands out as the strict teacher who reveals another side to her character with a heartfelt rendition of These Are My Children, while Brittany Woodrow’s tragic Carmen also impresses ... remember her name.

Damien Murray

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