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Fame, the Eighties TV show starring Debbie Allen, is getting a reunion special

  • September 27, 2020

Fame, the Eighties TV show starring Debbie Allen, is getting a reunion special on Stars In The House to benefit the Actors’ Fund

Debbie Allen and her co-stars on the 1980s TV show Fame are reuniting Saturday for the web series Stars In The House.

The 70-year-old, who played a teacher on the high school program, is joined by a string of actors who played students.

PR Paul, Valerie Landsburg, Lee Curreri, Erica Gimpel, Jesse Borrego, Loretta Chandler and Michael Cerveris will all be featured, according to a press release.

Back together: Fame is getting a reunion special, it was shared on Friday. Seen here are Cynthia Gibb, Erica Gimpel, Valerie Landsburg, Lee Curreri, Albert Hague, Carl Imperato, Billy Hufsey, Gene Anthony Ray and Debbie Allen

Back together: Fame is getting a reunion special, it was shared on Friday. Seen here are Cynthia Gibb, Erica Gimpel, Valerie Landsburg, Lee Curreri, Albert Hague, Carl Imperato, Billy Hufsey, Gene Anthony Ray and Debbie Allen

Incoming: Allen is seen here in November 2019 at the event Move For Minds in Los Angeles

Incoming: Allen is seen here in November 2019 at the event Move For Minds in Los Angeles

They all starred as pupils at New York City High School For The Performing Arts which was based on a real-life high school named after Fiorello LaGuardia.

Radio star and Broadway mega-fan Seth Rudetsky hosts Stars In The House with his husband James Wesley, and has been doing so since March.

The web series seeks to raise money for the Actors Fund amid the coronavirus lockdowns and has so far pulled in over half a million dollars.

Fame the TV show was based on a 1980 movie of the same name which featured a mostly different cast, although Lee was in both projects.

Throwback: The 70-year-old, who played a teacher on the high school program, is joined by a string of actors who played students

Throwback: The 70-year-old, who played a teacher on the high school program, is joined by a string of actors who played students

Debbie, who played a dance teacher, also had a small part in the movie but was elevated to a lead role on the TV version.

The musical TV series premiered on NBC in 1982 and lasted six seasons before it was ultimately canceled in 1987.

One of the many actors who played students on Fame was Janet Jackson herself, although she is not joining Saturday’s reunion.

They made the show fun: Here is another cast show from the Eighties classic show

They made the show fun: Here is another cast show from the Eighties classic show

As well as being a success in America the program was a massive hit in Britain and Ireland, spawning more than one cast album.

The cast also went on tour together, performing live concerts in Europe with a swirl of press reports about backstage drama and substance use.

Britain’s Channel 4 got some of the cast back together for a TV special called Bring Back… Fame in 2008, hosted by Justin Lee Collins.

Erica said on that special that during the European shows, she got so fed up of Debbie’s alleged domineering behavior she left the tour and returned to New York.

Quintet: P.R. Paul is pictured with Erica, Lee, Valerie and Cynthia at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood back in 2017

Quintet: P.R. Paul is pictured with Erica, Lee, Valerie and Cynthia at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood back in 2017

Last year a string of cast members including Valerie, Lee, Jesse, Erica and P.R. reunited in Liverpool for a couple of concerts.

Fame is not the first TV show whose cast has been reunited on Stars In The House – examples range from Frasier to Crazy Ex-Girlfriend to Star Trek: Voyager.

Broadway casts have also gotten back together for the web show including those of Les Miserables, Rent, A Chorus Line, Mamma Mia and Urinetown.

Seen a decade back: Erica is pictured here in a press photo in 2010

Seen a decade back: Erica is pictured here in a press photo in 2010


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