!!The movies provide examples of:
* ActorAllusion: In the remake, one of the auditionees performs "All That Jazz" from ''Theatre/{{Chicago}}''. Creator/BebeNeuwirth, who plays one of the dance instructors, won a Tony for her portrayal of Velma Kelly (who sings the number) in a Broadway revival of ''Chicago''.
* CrowningMusicOfAwesome
* SoOkayItsAverage: How most critics have felt about the remake, especially compared to the original with its stronger social commentary.

!!The musical version provides examples of:
* CrowningMusicOfAwesome: "Fame", clearly. The full version of "Bring on Tomorrow" is another.
* EarWorm: ''"FAME! I'm gonna live forever, I'm gonna learn how to fly!"''
* FridgeLogic: Wait, a performing arts high school, and not ONE gay kid?!
* HollywoodPudgy: Mabel, depending on the actress. She can be any size, but the point is, she's fat for a dancer.
* HoYay: "Can't Keep it Down" is full of it. In some productions, Nick and Joe Vegas HoYay it up during the Romeo and Juliet scene with Serena.
** Not to mention that Serena is half-convinced Nick is gay.
--> ''"You'll probably go off to New Haven and meet some guy and forget all about me!"''
* TearJerker:
** "In L.A" for Carmen.
** "These Are My Children" for Ms. Sherman.
** The full version of "Bring on Tomorrow" when Schlomo [[spoiler: dedicates the performance to Carmen, who's just died of a drug overdose.]]

!!The series version provides examples of:
* BizarroEpisode: The Wizard of Oz episode. Ironically, the show's renditions of the classic songs seem to be how people discover the show on Youtube.
* McLeaned: Nicole in season 6. Long story short, the writers considered doing a VerySpecialEpisode on drunk driving, but had to get a main character involved. When Nicole's actress Nia Peeples wanted to leave, they got her permission to have Nicole KilledOffForReal; the result was the episode "Go Softly Into The Morning". According to the book ''Inside Fame on Television: A Behind-the-Scenes History'' the writers regretted doing this and they would have loved to have Nicole back for the GrandFinale.
* TheOtherDarrin: Coco, Montgomery and Doris are not played by 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.