Project Description

Fame (2010 China Tour)

Fame (China Tour)

FAME was developed by David De Silva.  Music by Lyrics by Steve Margoshes and Jacques Levy, Book by Jose Fernandez, with Orchestrations by Harold Wheeler and Steve Margoshes. Rehearsed and opened in Suzhou with first preview on December 18, 2009, then played Shanghai, Xi’an, Nanning, Wuhan, Fuzhou, Wuhan and finally Beijing, ending on February 9, 2010.  Produced by Phoenix Entertainment (Stephen B. Kane & Michael McFadden); Associate Produced by Mark Minnick.  Presented by Nederlander Worldwide Entertainment (Bob Nederlander, Jr. President, Toby Simkin, Executive Vice President & Executive Producer).

Directed by Michael McFadden, Choreographed by Joshua Bergasse and Mark Minnick, Sets Designed by Walt Spangler; Costumes Designed by Fabio Toblini; Lighting Designed by Mike Baldassari and Jeremy Wrable; Sound Designed by Craig Cassidy; Musical Supervision by Jasper Grant; China Tour Management by Toby Simkin; Production Management by Shawn Pennington and Scott Orlesky; Production Stage Management by Jinay Reitze; Touring Company Management by Arthur Callahan; China Associate Tour Management by 周其胜 Jacky Zhou and General Management by Lisa Mattia.

Starring Roberto Araujo (Joe Vegas); Caroline Bowman (Carmen Diaz); Courtney E. Brown (Ensemble Woman 4); Richard Evans (Mr. Scheinkopf); Jamieson Foreman (Schlomo Metzenbaum); Adam Grabau (Mr. Myers); Melissa Harres (Ensemble Woman 3); Amma Osei (Miss Esther Sherman); Dominique Johnson (Ensemble Man 3); Roddy Kennedy (Ensemble Man 2); Katie Keyser (Miss Greta Bell); Motique Korman (Ensemble Woman 1); Andrew Leggieri (Goody King); Justine Long (Serena Katz); Presilah Núñez (Ensemble Woman 2); Jake Odmark (Nick Piazza); Eric DysartJoNathan Michael (Tyrone Jackson); Ashli Rice (Mabel Washington (Sherman 2); Rachel Schur (Iris Kelly); Jonas Shumpert (Ensemble Man 1); Michael Warrell (Ensemble Man 4) and Dionysia Williams (Grace (Lambchops) Lamb)

Musicians included Alexander Rovang (Conductor / Keys); Bryan Connell (Reeds); Brian Grochowski (Bass); Andrew Hoesl (Trumpet/Flugel); Alex Jeun (Keys 2 / Trombone); Rob Murphrey (Drums); Wayne Trosclair (Guitar)

Understudies included Courtney E. Brown (Serena/Mabel); Adam Grabau (Sheinkopf); Melissa Harres (Iris); Dominique Johnson (Tyrone); Roddy Kennedy (Joe/Myers); Katie Keyser (Sherman); Motique Korman (Lambchops); Presilah Núñez (Carmen/Bell); Ashli Rice (Sherman 2); Jonas Shumpert (Goody); Michael Warrell (Nick/Schlomo) and Dionysia Williams (Serena 2)

Matt Bates (Head Carpenter); Addison Grist (Carpenter); Tim Dhority (Head Rigger/Flyman); Michael Bert (Head Electrician); Chris Nimm (Assistant Electrician); Rob Bass (Head Audio ); Shlayan (Audio Assistant); Darcy Engel (Head Props); Kim Lozan (Wardrobe / Hair Supervisor); 王宁 Wang Ning (China Technical Manager); 刘志勇 Liu Zhi Yong (China Technical Coordinator); 马全令 Ma Quan Ling [Larry] (China Head Electrician); 刘亚琴 Liu Ya Qin ( China Electrician / Followspot #2); 皮爱民 Pi Ai Min (China Electrician / Followspot #1); 邵凤立 Shao Feng Li (China Head Carpenter); 高海明 Gao Hai Ming (China Head Props); 聂福军 Nie Fu Jun (China Equipment / Floater); 陈文达 Chen Wen Da (China Equipment / Rigger); 徐爱东 Xu Ai Dong  (China Head Audio ); 刘飞 Liu Fei (China Audio ); 李鹂 Li Li (China Wardrobe/Hair ); Phil Qiu (Subtitles Developer); 李群 Li Qun [Rachel] (Subtitles / Interpreter); Vivian Yang (China Tour Consultant); 沈光宇 Gary Shen (Production Assistant / Interpreter);  颜文勇 Jones Yan (Assistant to Mr. Simkin); John Jiang (China trucking logistics); Lily Zhu (International trucking logistics); Alela Liu (China Booking Manager); Melissa Caolo (US NWE Production Manager); Leiley Zhang (US NWE Marketing Manager) and Junying Xu (Miranda) (US NWE Production Assistant / Translator).

Nederlander Worldwide EntertainmentAs Executive Producer & Senior Vice President of Nederlander Worldwide Entertainment LLC since 2000, a New York based member of the Nederlander family group of companies, responsible for international development of theatrical markets, venues and shows.

Title Song “FAME” written by Dean Pitchford and Michael Gore.  Courtesy of EMI Music Publishing, Inc.  Originally produced at the Coconut Grove Playhouse, Arnold Mittleman, Producing Artistic Director. Original North American Touring Production Directed by Bill Castellino. Fame The Musical was presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).  All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.

FAME Notes

Although billed as “China Advisor” in the program put together a long time before the tour in New York, I was brought onboard the project a couple of weekends before commencement, and actually supervised and managed the entire China tour of FAME including routing (and re-routing), China staffing, presenter re-negotiation, marketing, company management, payroll, money collection, trucking, sets (and some costumes) refurb, physical production logistics, and was hands-on with the company for the entire tour.

Due to a very young cast, dealing with lost passports, mid tour cast change, monkey bites and some very wacky theatre regulations.