The finale of the television program — produced and choreographed by Debbie Allen and hosted by Joey Fatone — is scheduled to air live at 8 PM ET July 23. Four "triple-threat" performers will vie for top honors: Shannon Bex, Harlemm Lee, Serena Henry and Brandon O'Neal. Audiences across the Continental United States will select the winner by voting by phone. According to a spokesperson for the musical, "The winner [of the TV competition] will be considered for a role in the production or to be in the ensemble."
This latest version of "Fame" premiered May 28. Choreographer-singer actress Debbie Allen auditioned hundreds of wannabe "dancers who sing" and "singers who dance" all around the country. Only 24 finalists proceeded to Los Angeles, where they began a "boot camp" at Allen's own dance studio. Each week the various up-n-coming artists demonstrated their skills, and viewers determined who would proceed to the next round of competition.
Previews will begin Oct. 7 for the Off-Broadway musical Fame, which is based on the hit film — and subsequent TV shows — of the same name. An official opening is scheduled for Nov 11. Conceived and developed by David De Silva, Fame is set in the 1980's and concerns the lives of up-n-coming performing artists attending New York's High School for the Performing Arts. The musical features a book by Jose Fernandez and a score by Jacques Levy (lyrics) and Steve Margoshes (music). The title song — originally performed by Irene Cara — was written by Dean Pitchford and Michael Gore.
Tickets for Fame on 42nd Street are currently on sale by calling (212) 239-6200. The performance schedule at the Little Shubert (422 West 42nd Street) will be Tuesdays at 7 PM, Wednesday-Saturday evenings at 8 PM with matinees on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 2 PM and Sundays at 3 PM. For more information, visit www.fameon42.com.