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Act One - Freshman & Sophomore Years
The production opens with a prologue ("Pray I Make P.A."), where young
hopefuls from all over New York City pray they will be accepted to the
High School of Performing Arts. In an ensemble dance number ("Hard Work")
introduces all the characters in the show. In "I Want To Make Magic," Nick
reveals to a love-struck Serena the passion with which he dreams of someday
becoming a serious actor. In acting class, Joe sings "Can't Keep It Down"
- his version of a sense memory exercise in which he describes his uncontrollable
attraction to Carmen. In music class, Schlomo, Lambchops and Goody jam
together and think of forming a band. Street dancer Tyrone is paired with
ballet trained Iris and the sparks fly ("Tyrone's Rap"). At lunchtime,
Carmen jumps on a table and sings " There She Goes!/Fame" as she fantasizes
about her future. Serena, frustrated that Nick has not displayed any sexual
interest in her, assumes that he must be gay ("Let's Play A Love Scene").
Carmen approaches Schlomo with lyrics she has written for a melody she
has heard him play. Together they compose "Bring On Tomorrow". "The Teacher's
Argument" stems from Miss Sherman and Miss Bell's confrontation over how
to handle Tyrone's fifth grade reading scores. The act ends with Tyrone
storming out of the school ("Hard Work"(Reprise)).
Act Two - Junior & Senior Years
The second act begins with the fall dance festival - a school performance
of song and dance where the students, in festival costume, celebrate the
magic of theatre ("I Want To Make Magic"(Reprise)). In "Mabel's Prayer,"
the overweight dancer asks God to give her the strength to say no to food.
"Think Of Meryl Streep" derives from Serena catching Nick and Carmen in
a passionate kiss and her desire to use that anger in her acting. Tyrone
fantasizes about earning a living if he should decide to drop out of school
in "Dancin' On The Sidewalk." Miss Sherman sings about her dedication to
the teaching profession in " These Are My Children." Carmen, who dropped
out of the School Of Performing Arts and moved to Los Angeles to seek fame,
has returned desperate and drug addicted ("In L.A."). At the school's graduation
party, Nick and Serena come to terms with their relationship as they sing
"Let's Play A Love Scene"(Reprise). In cap and gown, the graduating class
of 1984 sings the inspirational anthem "Bring On Tomorrow" (Reprise), knowing
in their hearts that they will make a difference in the world.
Info obtained from the Fame Musical Soundtrack (American
© 1999 DRG Records Corporation
The characters are as follows:
Actors:- Joe Vegas
Dancers:- Mabel Washington
Musicians:- Schlomo Metzenbaum
Teachers:- Mr. Myers (Drama)
..............Miss Sherman (English)
..............Mr. Scheinkopf (Music)
..............Miss Bell (Dance)