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Choreographer Debbie Allen to team with NBC for new 'Fame' reality TV talent search show


By Reality TV World staff, 04/18/2003 

Fame,” a new summer series from NBC, will begin its “ultimate talent search” with open casting calls in four majors cities beginning April 24th in Miami, FL. Award-winning actor and choreographer Debbie Allen will be on hand as nationwide auditions search of the finest singers/dancers with real “star potential.”

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“The enormous success of the movie ‘Chicago,’ as well as talents like J-Lo, Usher and Justin Timberlake have rekindled the country’s appetite for performers who sing, dance and have that bigger-than-life presentation that have helped them achieve fame,” said Debbie Allen. “I am looking forward to finding the best of the best!”

The “Fame” series will chronicle Allen’s attempts to recruit multi-talented performers (ages 16 and up) from across the country, followed by an intense “boot camp” drill by Allen. As the group hones their skills and rehearse their routines in front of celebrity judges, family and friends, the field is narrowed. Viewers at home will determine who ultimately travels the path all the way to “Fame.”

Specific times and locations for the four cities follow:

Miami: Thursday, April 24
The Gusman Center for the Performing Arts; 174 East Flagler Street, Miami, FL 33131
Time: 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM

New York City: Saturday, April 26
The New 42nd Street Studios, 229 West 42nd Street, 6th Floor, Studios 6A, 6B & 6C, New York, NY 10036
Time: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Chicago: Tuesday, April 29
Chicago Center For The Performing Arts, 777 N. Green Street, Chicago, IL 60622
Time: 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Los Angeles: Saturday, May 3
Wadsworth Theatre; 11301 Wilshire Blvd., Bldg. 226, Los Angeles, CA 90073
Time: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Prospective auditioners may chose from the following list of audition pieces:

(Artist - Song)

50 Cent - “Wanksta”
B2K - “Bump Bump Bump”
Chicago Soundtrack - “All That Jazz”“Cell Block Tango (He Had It Comin’)”
Franklin, Aretha - “Respect”
Gaye, Marvin - “What’s Goin’ On”
J. Lo - “I’m Real”
Ja Rule w/ Ashanti - “Always On Time”
Ja Rule - “Livin’ It Up”
Jackson, Michael - “Butterflies”
Keys, Alicia - “Fallin’”
Khan, Chaka - “I’m Every Woman”
Madonna - “Die Another Day”
Missy Elliot - “Work It”“Get Your Freak On”
Ross, Diana - “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”
Summer, Donna - “Bad Girls”
Timberlake, Justin - “Cry Me River”“Like I Love You”
Usher - “Without U”
Wonder, Stevie - “Don’t You Worry ‘Bout A Thing”“For Once In My Life””I Wish”

RAPPERS, 3 BEATS WILL BE PROVIDED:

EMINEM’S 8 MILE - “LOVE ME”
BLACKSTREET’S - “NO DIGGITY”
SNOOP’S - “STOPLIGHT”

(Contestants may bring original lyrics, "PG-13" version please)

Prospective contestants for "Fame" must be 16 years of age and can find additional instructions and complete details by logging onto www.nbc.com. Those contestants under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Choice of songs and accompaniment will be provided at the audition.

Fame’ is produced by MGM Television Entertainment and Stone Stanley Entertainment with David G. Stanley, Scott A. Stone and multiple Emmy-Award winner Jeff Margolis serving as executive producers.









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