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April 2005
Fame at The New Theatre
Iris and Tyrone
Iris and Tyrone

 

The New Theatre, Oxford between 12th and 16th April 2005.

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By Tim Bearder

Musicals and me are like chalk and cheese, chalk doesn't offend cheese they, just don't talk much.

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Fame

So most of the time I leave musicals to get on with life without me. Just recently I experienced a great one in the guise of Debbie Does Dallas and felt inspired enough to see another.

Roll on Fame, the classic musical - fun for all the family, its youthful, energetic and fast-paced. Or to put it another way it's cheesy, ridiculous and super-corny.

Let's throw the story out with the dirty water shouts the producer. It relies on pace and energy over drama and feeling - fair enough but how do those elements hold up? For the most part what they do works well. The music occasionally over-powered the vocals. The accents were occasionally reedy and fake but for the most part it was sexy, exciting and impressive.

Personally I'd rather have swallowed a pint of high-energy drink and dived head first into a vat of honey than experience something quite so saccharin again but as anyone whose read any of my musical reviews in the past will know they're generally not my cup of sickly sweet tea. It's a stance and I'm sticking to it!

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