Fame - The Musical has been preserved on disc by DRG Records. KOCH International will distribute the Hugh Fordin-produced cast recording in the US and Canada, starting March 23. Fame will be available only on CD.
Conceived by David De Silva, Fame has music by Steve Margoshes, lyrics by Jacques Levy and a book by Jose Fernandez. The title song (written by Michael Gore and Footloose's Dean Pitchford) won a 1980 Academy Award in the popular movie, which spawned its own TV series and the current touring musical. Other songs on the upcoming cast album are "Bring on the Tomorrow," "I Want to Make Magic," "Hard Work," "Mabel's Prayer," "Think of Meryl Streep," "Dancin' on the Sidewalk," "These Are My Children," "In L.A." and "Let's Play a Love Scene."
Featured on the CD are the original North American cast who opened the show in Toronto in Nov. 1998. That list includes Kim Crea (Miss Greta Bell), Dwayne Chattman (Tyrone Jackson), Dioni Michelle Collins (Mabel Washington), Gavin Creel (Nick Piazza), Robert Creighton (Goodman "Goody" King), Amy Ehrlich (Grace "Lambchops" Lamb), Jennifer Gambatese (Serena Katz), Nadine Isenegger (Iris Kelly), Regin Le Vert (Miss Ester Sherman), William Linton (Mr. Sheinkopf), Natasha Rennalls (Carmen Diaz), Jose Restrepo (Joe "Jose" Vegas), Richard G. Rodgers (Mr. Myers) and Carl Tramon (Schlomo Metzenbaum).
Fame has been traveling on a two year tour of the United States and Canada. Future stops include:
March 22-28: Baltimore, MD, Lyric Opera House
March 29-Apr. 3: Naples, FL, Philharmonic Center
April 5-10: Miami, FL, Jackie Gleason Theatre
April 12-17: Greenville, SC, Peace Center
April 19-24: Montreal, Canada, Place des Artes
April 26-May 1: Detroit, MI
May 3-8: Kansas City, MO
May 10-13: Schenectady, NY, Proctor's Theatre
May 17-22: Wilmington, DE, Playhouse Theatre
May 31-June 5: TBA
June 7-12: Greensboro, NC, Coliseum/War Memorial
June 14-19: Kalamazoo, MI, Western Michigan University
June 21-26: Indianapolis, IN, Clowes Memorial Hall - Butler University. -- ByChristine Ehren