Vanessa Hudgens and the Broadway musical company performed the title track from a very famous musical in honor of Kennedy Center Award-winning Debbie Allen.
And the high school’s musical alum was in front and in the middle, separating the classic 1980 tune into a well-choreographed video aired during the June 6 CBS ceremony, which is currently airing on Paramount +.
The high school’s music scholarship showed off its vocals, dance skills and solid small curves in a skimpy black skirt and a yellow-cut ensemble on top.
Tribute: Vanessa Hudgens and Broadway’s musical fame company performed the title track from a very famous musical in honor of Kennedy Center Award-winning Debbie Allen
Front and center: The high school musical alum sang the classic 1980 tune in a well-choreographed video that aired during the 43rd Kennedy Center Honors Special Awards
The video begins with the familiar open riff of Fame’s iconic title track with multiple dancers on the steps at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. in Washington, DC
After the dancers descend the narrow stairs to an open area, Hudgens goes out the double doors with a few other dancers next to her.
It was at this point that she delivered the classic opening text: “Baby, look at me – And tell me what you see – You haven’t seen the best of me yet – Give me time, I’ll make you forget the rest.”
Iconic opening: The video begins with the famous opening of the song with many dancers on the steps at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC
Main entrance: After the dancers go down the narrow stairs to an open area, Hudgens goes out to the double doors with a few more dancers next to her.
The text begins: Hudgens then offers a classic opening text: “Baby, look at me – And tell me what you see – You haven’t seen the best of me yet – Give me time, I’ll make you forget the rest”
Lifting: Dressed in a small black skirt with a wrapper and a yellow cropped top, the singer and actress was lifted onto a picnic table located in a grassy area
The small black wrapped skirt showed off her firm figure and upper legs.
But as a nod to the popular movie, TV series and musical, she wore knee-length stockings and white tights resembling leg warmers, which were in vogue in the 1980s, partly compliments the success of Fame.
For an extra touch, she left her unbuttoned top, dressed in a pair of white sneakers, and made her raven pull in a stylish tail.
It wasn’t long before two dancers lifted Hudgens to a picnic table in a grassy area.
80s Fashion: As a nod to the popular movie, TV series and musical, she wore burgundy knee-high socks and white socks resembling leg warmers, which were a whim of the 80s, partly compliments the success of Fame
Makes a move: From there, the 32-year-old actress and singer takes the troupe out into the street
Package Leader: Hudgens led the group in another well-choreographed dance routine for the song bridge as they all got together
As they danced at the table, the melody reached the iconic lyrics aimed at the captivating choir.
“Remember my name – Glory – I will live forever – I will learn how to fly – High – I fell when I gathered – People will see me and cry – Glory – I will reach the sky – Light up in the sky like a flame – Glory – I will live forever – Baby, remember my name.
From there, the 32-year-old actress and singer took the troupe out into the street, which became another dance routine for the song bridge as everyone gathered together.
Hudgens and company ended by defeating all movement around a classic yellow checkered cab from yesterday.
Explosion from the past: The sequence then moved to a classic cabin in a yellow box
Building momentum: The dancers got together as they intensified
Fam crescendo: Hudgens and company finished, discarding all movement around the yellow checkered cab, top view
With the lasting effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the audience could not enjoy a live tribute to the performances that are usually played during the annual ceremony.
The Kennedy’s 43rd annual center honors the specialty aired on CBS on June 6, but can be aired on Paramount +.
The Kennedy Center’s honors are recognized for their contributions to American culture through the performing arts in music, dance, theater, opera, film, or television, and are confirmed by the Center’s Board of Trustees.
Allen, a three-time choreographer for the series Fame and The Motown 25th Anniversary Special, was first introduced as Lydia Grant in the film (1980). Although her role in the film is relatively small, Lydia became a central figure in the television adaptation, which lasted from 1982 to 1987.
Say cheese: Hudgens, 32, poses with part of the dancer for a photo on social media
Along with Allen, this year’s Kennedy Center recipients also included Joan Baez, Garth Brooks, Midori and Dick Van Dyke.
“I am really humbled to be named Kennedy Center Honor 2020. This is much more than the nation’s highest artistic award, it is a measure of how my footprint has resonated as a path of light over the years and at this time of great uncertainty “Fear and the search for hope,” Debbie Allen said in a statement Broadway world.
“I share this great achievement with my family, mentors and students, who have inspired and pushed me to the end. I look forward to being part of a new start for America and reminding the world how important the performing arts are in our lives. Many thanks.
Distinction: Alan, a three-time choreographer for the series Fame and The Motown 25th Anniversary Special, was first introduced as Lydia Grant in the film (1980). She would see her role as a central figure in the television adaptation, which lasted from 1982 to 1987.