After a limited engagement in Mexico City, Fame (Fama), the stage musical inspired by the 1980 Academy Award winning movie and by the 1982 TV series of the same name; closed March 22 at the Teatro de los Insurgentes, where it premiered Nov. 6, 1997.
The company now heads for a Latin American tour, which will include stops in Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, Panama, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Guatemala. There are also plans to take the show to Spain.
At this time, the only cities and dates confirmed for the tour are the following:
* Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, April 16-26
* San Juan, Puerto Rico, May 6-14 * Maracaibo, Venezuela, May 26-31
* Maracai, Venezuela, June 4-7
* Caracas, Venezuela, June 9-21
The complete itinerary for this Fame tour will be posted on Playbill On-Line as soon as it becomes available.
The cast of Fama features 24 young talented performers from Dominican Republic, Cuba, Venezuela, Mexico and Puerto Rico. Mexican actress Paola Gallo, who originated the part of Mabel in this production; will be replaced in the tour by Aline Padilla. Other cast members are Javier Merino and Gianni Constantini.
Conceived and developed by David De Silva, Fama, El Musical tells about the dreams and hopes of aspiring stars at New York's legendary High School of the Performing Arts. It features music by Steve Margoshes, lyrics by Jacques Levi and book by Jose Fernandez. The show's title song, "Fame," was composed by Dean Pitchford and Michael Gore.
This production of Fame, which is performed in Spanish, is directed by Jaime Azpilicueta and choreographed by Goyo Montero.
--By Claudio Carrera