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Film: Fame
"I'm gonna live forever, I'm gonna learn how to fly (High!)
I feel it coming together, people will see me and cry.
I'm gonna make it to heaven, light up the sky like a flame.
I'm gonna live forever, baby remember my name!"

A musical film in 1980 that later became a stage musical and then was remade in 2009, Fame is the story of some students of the New York High School of Performing Arts, a very exclusive school (which has since been merged with the High School of Music & Art to become the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts). The students find themselves cooperating amongst themselves and with the faculty, even as they compete for chances in the real world to make their dreams of stardom come true, and the obstacles that stand in their way on a personal level.

Fame is an interesting example in that, along with the silver screen and the stage, it's also been presented as a musical television series, several times. The last attempt, in 2003, took the form of a Reality Show similar to American Idol.

The original film received two Academy Awards: one for the score in general, and one for the title track.

The film inspired also a 1982 TV series of the same name with much of the film's cast reprising their roles, and another series in 1997-98 titled Fame L.A..

The movies provide examples of:

The TV series provide examples of:

  • Bowdlerized: TV!Montgomery is not that obviously gay, compared to the movie version of him.
  • The Other Darrin: Coco, Montgomery and Doris. Not the same actors as the movie. Coco starts out with her hair done in the same way as movie!Coco, to make the transition less obvious.


The musical version provides examples of:

  • Absent-Minded Professor: Mr. Myers.
  • Alpha Bitch: Iris Kelly, though it's more how the other kids see her.
  • Angry Black Man: Tyrone, in the beginning.
  • Big Man on Campus: Nick
  • The Casanova: Joe Vegas likes to think he is.
  • Casting Couch: Implied to happen to Carmen Diaz.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Lambchop.
    Lambchop: Sorry I'm late! My bus had a flat and I missed the ferry. See, I come from the end of the world - Staten Island.
    Ms. Sherman: Miss Lamb, that's no excuse.
    Lambchop': I know, it's a curse!
  • Doomed Protagonist: Carmen
  • Good Bad Girl: Carmen
  • Half-Breed Discrimination: Carmen verges on this - she gets hooked on drugs and has lots of anonymous sex in L.A., then dies of an overdose.
  • Hippie Teacher: Ms. Bell and Mr. Sheinkopf.
  • "I Want" Song: several
    • "Hard Work" for the students ("when I hit the heights, put my name in lights, show the world that I can make it...")
    • "I Want to Make Magic" for Nick
    • "There She Goes/Fame" for Carmen
  • Inner City School
  • Large Ham: Mabel.
  • Lovable Nerd: Schlomo. Just ask Carmen.
  • Massive Multiplayer Ensemble Number: "Pray I Make P.A./Hard Work".
  • Nice Guy: Schlomo.
  • Pet the Dog: After spending most of the production being overly strict and a bit harsh on her students, Miss Sherman's offer to help Tyrone learn how to read and her subsequent song, These Are My Children, definitely comes across as this, as well as a Crowning Moment Ofheartwarming.
  • Shrinking Violet: Serena, until she comes out of her shell.
  • Single Girl Seeks Most Popular Guy: Serena and Nick.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Carmen and Schlomo.
  • Stern Teacher: Ms. Sherman. Tough as hell, but she's got a soft spot for Tyrone.
  • Tomboy: Lambchop
  • Villain Song: Miss Sherman's half of "The Teacher's Argument" verges on this, since she's trying to convince Miss Bell that Tyrone will never make it as a dancer.
    • Not entirely true: Miss Sherman is trying to convince Miss Bell that even though Tyrone is extremely talented, he needs to be prepared for whatever happens if he doesn't make it as a dancer. It's more of an "if," not a "when."
      • It's still the closest anyone in the musical comes to a Villain Song, since the audience isn't supposed to sympathize with Ms. Sherman.


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alternative title(s): Fame; Fame; Fame LA
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