Fame, the ’80s TV show with Debbie Allen, receives a special on Stars In The House to benefit the Actors’ Fund
Debbie Allen and her 1980s TV series Fame co-stars reunite on Saturday for the Stars In The House web series.
The 70-year-old, who played a teacher in the high school program, is joined by a series 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: The celebrity receives a reunion special, it was shared on Friday. Seen here 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 Move For Minds event in Los Angeles
They all performed as students of the New York City High School For The Performing Arts, based on a real-life high school named after Fiorello LaGuardia.
Radio star and Broadway mega-fan Seth Rudetsky has hosted Stars In The House with her husband James Wesley since March.
The web series seeks to raise money for the Actors Fund amid coronavirus lockdowns and has so far grossed more than half a million dollars.
Fame, the TV show was based on a 1980 film of the same name that featured an essentially different cast, though Lee was in both projects.
Flashback: The 70-year-old, who played a teacher in the high school program, is joined by a string of actors who played college students
Debbie, who played a dance teacher, also played a small role in the film but was raised to a lead role in the TV version.
The musical television series premiered on NBC in 1982 and ran for six seasons before finally being canceled in 1987.
One of the many actors who played students on Fame was Janet Jackson herself, though she wasn’t joining Saturday’s reunion.
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As well as being a hit in America, the program was a huge hit in Britain and Ireland, spawning more than one distribution album.
The actors also toured together, giving live concerts across Europe with a whirlwind of press reports on the behind-the-scenes drama and substance use.
The British channel Channel 4 assembled part of the cast for a special called Bring Back … Fame in 2008, hosted by Justin Lee Collins.
Erica said on this special that during European shows she was so fed up with Debbie’s allegedly domineering behavior that she quit the tour and returned to New York City.
Quintet: PR Paul is pictured with Erica, Lee, Valerie and Cynthia at the Pantages Theater in Hollywood in 2017
Last year, a series of cast members including Valerie, Lee, Jesse, Erica and PR gathered in Liverpool for a few concerts.
Fame isn’t the first TV show to be cast together on Stars In The House – examples range from Frasier to Crazy Ex-Girlfriend to Star Trek: Voyager.
Broadway cast members have also gathered for the web show, including those from Les Misérables, Rent, A Chorus Line, Mamma Mia and Urinetown.
Seen a decade ago: Erica is pictured here in a press photo in 2010