Fame movie remake hires Cheers reunion

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Fame! It wants to live forever! And it will live, at least for a little while longer. The singing-and-dancing film and television program franchise from the 1980s is getting revitalized with a movie remake from MGM, and the studio has revealed who will be teaching the students at the New York City High School of Performing Arts.

Headlining the quintet of actors will be Kelsey Grammer and Bebe Neuwirth, says The Hollywood Reporter, who have already shared plenty of screen time. Grammer, of course, is best known for playing Dr. Frasier Crane on both Cheers and its spin-off Frasier. Neuwirth was also all over both of those shows as the ice-cold Lillith, Frasier's ex-wife. In the feature film, Grammer will play an orchestra conductor and Neuwirth will play a dance instructor.

In addition to the Cheers veterans, three others have been cast in the roles of administrators at the fancy-pants dance school. Megan Mullally, recently seen in 30 Rock as a rep trying to see if Liz Lemon is fit to adopt, will play the school's voice instructor. Familiar face Charles S. Dutton (Roc) will play an acting teacher, and former Fame cast member Debbie Allen will play the principal.

Fame hit theaters in 1980 and served as the basis for the television program, which ran from 1982 to 1987. Both included large-scale song-and-dance numbers, which told the story as a musical would. The updated movie version is scheduled for a September 25 release.

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