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‘Fame’ game for Off B’way musical

N.Y. prod'n to be directed by Harris, choreographed by Bethke

NEW YORK — The long-touring stage adaptation of the movie “Fame” is finally making it to Gotham. The production, redubbed “Fame on 42nd Street,” will begin performances Oct. 7 at Off Broadway’s Little Shubert Theater — on 42nd Street. Opening night will be Nov. 11.

The musical, first produced in 1990, has been seen internationally and on the U.S. road but never before in New York. Conceived and developed by David De Silva (who conceived and produced the 1980 movie), it features a book by Jose Fernandez, lyrics by Jacques Levy and music by Steve Margoshes. It also uses the hit title song from the picture directed by Alan Parker, which tells the story of a class of students at New York’s High School for Performing Arts.

Despite the lack of a Broadway or Gotham imprimatur, the show has been massively successful, spawning productions this year in Italy, Norway, Sweden, South Africa, Switzerland, Japan, Spain and Scotland. It is playing at the Aldwych Theater in London’s West End, and a new 100-city U.S. tour is planned for the fall.

The Gotham production will be directed by Drew Scott Harris and choreographed by Lars Bethke. Harris, who has worked widely in regional theater, also helmed 1993 Mike Todd bio tuner “Ain’t Broadway Grand,” which closed quickly on Broadway.

“Fame on 42nd Street” will be produced by Richard Martini, Allen Spivak and Dodger Stage Holding.

Norbert Kolb is the set designer, lighting is under the eye of Ken Billington, and Paul Tazewell created the costume design.

Casting has not been announced.

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