MGM’s forthcoming update of the 1980 musical drama “Fame” has added a powerhouse group of actors with musical theater backgrounds to portray administrative and teaching roles at NYC’s prestigious High School of Performing Arts.
Among the new cast members are Charles S. Dutton, a Yale School of Drama grad who will play an acting teacher; and Debbie Allen, who starred as dance teacher Lydia Grant in the original film and won a Golden Globe for the same role in the spinoff television series. In the remake, Allen will play Principal Simms.
Megan Mullally, Kelsey Grammer and Bebe Neuwirth round out the new additions. Mullally, who will play a voice instructor, graduated from the School of American Ballet; Grammer, who will play an orchestra conductor, attended Juilliard; and Neuwirth, who will play a dance teacher, has won two Tonys.
Choreographer Kevin Tancharoen will direct the new film, while the updated screenplay was written by Allison Burnett and Aline Brosh McKenna. The MGM/Lakeshore Entertainment production is scheduled for release Sept. 25.
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