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Harry Blumenthau talks of heart-rending Fame experiences as the musical hits the Regent Theatre in Stoke

By UttoxeterPostandTimes.3522974.UttoxeterPostandTimes  |  Posted: April 04, 2014

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A GRITTY, twenty-first century take on a classic musical is coming to Stoke, and promises to ‘tug at the heart strings’.

Based on the Oscar winning musical film and hugely successful TV series; Fame The Musical visits The Regent Theatre, in Hanley, between Monday, April 28 and Saturday, May 3.

Harry Blumenthau, who plays Schlomo in Fame, said all the music and choreography had been updated for the latest version of the musical.

He said: “It’s a very modern take and it may surprise some people as it is grittier than you might realise.

“It will definitely tug at the heart-strings.

“I’m very similar to my character, there’s definite parallels there.

“He’s a musician and song-writer much like myself who is trying not to be in the shadow of his family.

“It’s an absolute privilege to be part of the show, working alongside such talented people, it’s amazing.

“It’s a personal career highlight for me, in the past I’ve appeared in Lord of the Flies in London.

“I take inspiration from Tom Hardy’s career, before he died he was very under-rated I think.

“Music-wise, I’m inspired by a lot of indie bands.

“To potential theatre-goers, I’d say join in with the dancing at the end! It’s not about audience participation but it is a very emotional performance.

“Gary Lloyd has done a fantastic job.”

This ‘exhilarating’ new production will take you on a ‘hi-octane roller coaster ride’ through ‘dizzy heights and crashing lows’ as a group of star-struck wannabes embark on their quest for the ultimate accolade – fame.

Set in 2014 at the world famous High School for Performing Arts New York, young talented hopefuls undertake the journey of their lives. Ambition, triumph, heartbreak and romance conspire to steer them off course, and the pressure is too much for some. But, these kids are determined to live forever and Fame – the Musical is the feel-good sensation that you will never forget.

Bursting with dynamic dance routines and unforgettable songs that have been re-envisioned for 2014 including; Fame and Let’s Play a Love Scene, Fame - the Musical has enjoyed seven West End runs since premiering in the USA in 1988 and continues to be performed all over the world.

A musical for a new generation, this production of Fame – the Musical will feature a young, energetic cast fresh from drama school.

Breathing new life into Fame – the Musical will be award winning director and choreographer Gary Lloyd whose credits include Thriller Live, 20th Century Boy, Flash Mob and The Story of Mark Bolan.

Tickets are available by calling 0844 871 7649, visiting the box office in person or online at: www.atgtickets.com/stoke

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