Fame Forever, a sequel to the stage musical Fame, is to receive its professional world premiere with a fully staged West End performance and a UK tour.
Composed by Steve Margoshes, who also wrote the music for Fame the Musical, it will be staged at the Lyric Theatre on Monday 8th September (resident show at the Lyric is Thriller Live which doesn’t have performances on a Monday), and will then tour the UK in 2015 and 2016.
Fame Forever was conceived by David de Silva, who was also behind the development of Fame as a stage musical and produced the film on which the original musical was based. He reunites with Margoshes, with Ben H Winters behind the lyrics.
Fame Forever is set 20 years after the original stage production and reveals what has happened to the characters from the show. Two now have children at the stage school, and the sequel also features “the spirit” of Carmen Diaz, who dies in the original musical’s plot.
De Silva commented: “I was inspired by Mildred Cram’s novella Forever (1935). Her story’s theme is that we never really die. I had the idea to bring the character of Carmen, who died of a drug overdose at 18, back to life so that she learns what happened to her and how the world has passed her by.”
He added: “After seven amateur productions of Fame Forever in the UK and the US, I have learned that we have a very special and emotional story to tell about how time flies in life.”
The show is being produced in the UK by Neil Eckersley.
Thursday 13th March 2014