Bugsy Malone - Musical ☆☆☆☆4

Showing from - Tuesday, January 12, 2016 through till Saturday, January 16, 2016

Brewhouse Arts Centre - Burton-upon-Trent

Bill Pritchard | Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Bugsy Malone reviewed by Bill Pritchard on Tuesday, January 12, 2016 for Downstage CentreArrival: Blousey Brown (Hannah Smith) is ready to audition in Mellow Dramatics' production of 'Bugsy Malone' at the Brewhouse Arts Centre this week. (Photo by Philip Ingham)

The classic musical Bugsy Malone stars the younger members of Burton on Trent's Mellow Dramatics who take on the challenge of turning a well-known film into a stage show.

That the cast manage it so well is a tribute to their talent and hard work. They perform it so well that by the end you find you are no longer thinking about the popular Alan Parker film.

Gang members and the police are just the right side of stupid without being over the top
If you are not familiar with the show here's the premise: it tells the story of rival gangsters Fat Sam and Dandy Dan and the multitude of showgirls, wannabes, wiseguys, ne'er do wells and down and outs who get caught up in the action.

Remember the tales of Damon Runyon? Just add 'splurge guns' to the New York mix.
Fast Sam, who owns a speakeasy that Dandy Dan covets, finds himself on the receiving end of a sustained attack by Dan and his gang as they take away all his rackets, dispose of his gang and then come after the speakeasy.

Furthermore,  when Blousey Brown arrives to audition, Sam is too busy to see her and so she meets penniless boxing promoter Bugsy Malone. Fat Sam hires Bugsy to drive him to a meeting with Dandy Dan that turns out to be a trap but Bugsy saves the day and Fat Sam's hide.
Bugsy promises Blousey he will take her to Hollywood but, of course, he has one more job to do for Fat Sam.

There are two big dance sequences in Fat Sam's speakeasy which the company perform really well and the tap dancing in both is great.


The standout songs from the show - So You Wanna Be a Boxer? and My Name is Tallulah are performed well by Ben Martin, as Cagey Joe, and Olivia Matlock as Tallulah.
Comedy abounds as the love story between Bugsy (Owen Wardle) and Blousey (Hannah Smith) unfolds against the backdrop of the gang warfare between Fat Sam (Dan Robb) and Dandy Dan (Calum Launchbury).

Gang members and the police who are sent to probe the criminal activity are just the right side of stupid without being over the top.
A highlight of the show was Joe Beckwith as Fizzy with his yearning dance and rendition of Tomorrow.
Bugsy Malone is an excellent evening’s entertainment with some great performances from the young cast who take on the challenge of an iconic film and make it their own.

Bugsy Malone, presented by the Mellow Dramatics is on at the Brewhouse Arts Centre, in Union Street every evening until Saturday, January 16th. The matinee at 2.30pm on Saturday has already sold out.


For ticket availability contact the Brewhouse box office on 01283 508100.


Pictures courtesy of Phillip Ingham Photography.


Production Information

Theatre: Brewhouse Arts Centre

Showing Until: Saturday, January 16, 2016

Production Company: Mellow Dramatics

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