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Fame (2009)




Drama, Musical

Release Date

September 25, 2009

MPAA Rating


Production Budget

$25 millions



Official Site

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REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Not quite bad, but it's not recommended either.    Readers  4 of 5 [Rate It]

Cast and Crew


Kevin Tancharoen


Mark Canton, Gary Lucchesi, Tom Rosenberg


Allison Burnett, Aline Brosh McKenna


  • Debbie Allen
  • Kelsey Grammer as Joel Cranston
  • Megan Mullally as Fran Rowan
  • Collins Pennie
  • Charles S. Dutton
  • Bebe Neuwirth
  • Kherington Payne
  • Kristy Flores
  • Paul Iacono as Neil Baczynsky
  • Paul McGill
  • Naturi Naughton
  • Kay Panabaker as Jenny Garrison
  • Walter Perez
  • Anna Maria Perez de Tagle


A reinvention of the original Oscar-winning hit film, "Fame" follows a talented group of dancers, singers, actors, and artists over four years at the New York City High School of Performing Arts, a diverse, creative powerhouse where students from all walks of life are given a chance to live out their dreams and achieve real and lasting fame...the kind that comes only from talent, dedication, and hard work.

In an incredibly competitive atmosphere, plagued by self-doubt, each student's passion will be put to the test. In addition to their artistic goals, they have to deal with everything else that goes along with high school, a tumultuous time full of schoolwork, deep friendships, budding romance, and self-discovery.

As each student strives for his or her moment in the spotlight, they'll discover who among them has the innate talent and necessary discipline to succeed. With the love and support of their friends and fellow artists, they'll find out who amongst them will achieve Fame...

The cast includes Asher Book as Marco, Kristy Flores as Rosie, Paul Iacono as Neil, Paul McGill as Kevin, Naturi Naughton as Denise, Kay Panabaker as Jenny, Kherington Payne as Alice, Collins Pennie as Malik, Walter Perez as Victor, and Anna Maria Perez de Tagle as Joy. Their instructors include Debbie Allen as Principal Simms, Charles S. Dutton as Alvin Dowd, Kelsey Grammer as Joel Cranston, Megan Mullally as Fran Rowan, and Bebe Neuwirth as Lynn Kraft.

Pictures (55 photos)

Paul McGill stars as Kevin in MGM's Fame (2009)
Kelsey Grammer stars as Joel Cranston in MGM's Fame (2009)

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“..presents such an old-world view..”
by Tom Maurstad [Dallas Morning News]
“..cynical - and most likely unsuccessful - attempt by a dying studio to stave off oblivion by jumping on the "High School Musical" bandwagon..”
by Lou Lumenick [New York Post]
“..if you're weary of plucky little showstoppers, you won't mind the first half hour of the Fame do-over..”
by Stephen Cole [Globe and Mail]