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theguardian - 2 month ago

Westside review – Netflix s own Fame, minus the legwarmers or the charm

The new unscripted reality series brings eight blossoming stage performers together – and predictably, there’s dramaBack in ancient times, children, when dinosaurs roamed the earth, eyebrows were unmicrobladed and spiralised avocado toast wasn’t even a twinkle in a clean-eating influencer’s filtered eye, there was a show called Fame. It followed a group of students who studied legwarmers, music and dancing at the fictional New York City High School of the Performing Arts (legwarmers were a big thing back then, just ask Great Aunt Google). They thought they were going to live for ever, they thought they’d really got it together, they were going to learn how to fly (high) and light up the sky like a flame. Fame!But wait, flock of warm-legged Lazaruses! For as formidable dance teacher Lydia would warn them at the beginning of each episode: “You want fame? Well, fame costs. And right here is where you start paying – in sweat!” And sweat they did, especially Leroy, because he was troubled but also The Best. Continue reading...

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