A Beijing Central Academy of Drama student production, in Mandarin language, of FAME ran from December 5 to 19th, 2008 at the Central Academy Theatre.
FAME was conceived and developed by David De Silva, Music by Steve Margoshes, Lyrics by Jacques Levy, Book by Jose Fernandez, with Orchestrations by Harold Wheeler and Steve Margoshes. Produced by The Central Academy of Drama, China (President Xu Xiang) in association with Nederlander Worldwide Entertainment, Beijing Oriental Broadway International Theater Management Company and Phoenix Entertainment.
Directed by Michael McFadden, Choreographed by Mark Minnick, Musical Supervision by Jasper Grant, Production Supervised by Stephen Kane with Production Management by Shawn Pennington.
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.
As 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.
This production was originally meant to tour China, however, after opening and reviewing the ‘quality’ of this production, based on my recommendation, we chose to present a US touring version instead in 2009, in English.