Review: Bugsy Malone *****

Bugsy Malone

Musicals & Opera (musical theatre, family)

Friday 10th August


Paradise in Augustine’s

***** Five Star 

Bugsy Malone is a 1976 musical gangster comedy film. Set in New York City, it is a spoof of gangster movies in which a cast made up entirely of children singing and dancing their way around the prohibition-era where wiped cream pies and guns are used instead of bullets and this theatre production is true to the movie with whipped cream filling the stage as the two rival gangs go head to head .

Bugsy Malone is the narrator and the quality of acting not to mention singing, dancing and musical talent from all the young cast will leave you in awe. The delivery is energetic and humorous as these talented young stars take on this slap stick comedy.

The feel of the stage set takes you back to 1920s with the flapper era in place. it’s quite the nostalgia-fest for us of a certain age who remember the film version the first time around or those who grew up with the movie. Familiar songs come at a pace in this show, including Fat Sam’s Grand Slam; My Name Is Tallulah and So You Wanna Be a Boxer

By the end of the performance, everyone is singing along to Good Guys and the room is filled with a feel-good vibe. If you loved the movie then you will love this performance. This family-friendly show is full of good, clean fun! If only it were on for the whole fringe I am sure it would be a sell-out. Let’s hope they will be back next year.

Susan Clark