It looks like the Fame remake has assembled its instructors. We hear of this news thanks to the good people over at comingsoon:
Lakeshore and MGM have tapped Debbie Allen, Charles S. Dutton, Kelsey Grammer, Megan Mullally and Bebe Neuwirth for the roles of instructors and supervisors in the upcoming Fame remake, reports Variety. Production begins Wednesday, with Kevin Tancharoen directing. As with the 1980 original, the remake follows dancers, singers, actors and artists from auditions to graduation at the New York City High School of Performing Arts.
Mullally’s a graduate of the School of American Ballet and will portray a voice instructor; Grammer, who attended Juilliard, will play an orchestra maestro; Dutton, a graduate of Yale School of Drama, will portray an acting teacher; Neuwirth, a Tony winner, will play a dance instructor.
I must admit, it’s cool that they’ve hired people based on their skills and Alma Mater. Having quality instructors will certainly make this Fame reboot more endearing. Much of the drama will come by way of the teachers interacting with the students, so making the teachers seem believable is essential.
I am a fan of Kelsey Grammer and am glad to see him on this list. I wasn’t looking forward to Fame, and still am not really; but Grammer added to the mix certainly raises my curiosity about the project.
I didn’t follow Frasier religiously, but the show had excellent writing. Some of the funniest TV I have seen was birthed through Grammer’s interactions with David Hyde Pierce. I consider them to be among the greatest of television comedy duos.
Fame is set for a September 25, 2009 release, and we will be sure to keep you updated with all the news and announcements.