02:12PM, Thursday 10 August 2017
Everybody loves that man, Bugsy Malone...
Trilby hats and flapper dresses flipped into Windsor this week as a cast of talented youngsters brought Alan Parker’s glorious musical to the stage.
The community production was almost splurged itself – painting work at the Theatre Royal meant the performers lost a whole day of rehearsal.
But in just 11 sessions, they pulled the whole show together.
Set in prohibition New York, the rival gangs of Fat Sam (Mackenzie Foxcroft) and Dandy Dan (Scott Robinson) are battling for supremacy.
When Sam’s speakeasy is raided, he asks Bugsy Malone for help in getting his hands on some splurge guns.
Meanwhile Bugsy falls for aspiring night club performer Blousey Brown (beautifully sung by Chloë Stannage), meets a talented boxer and tries to escape the clutches of Fat Sam’s girlfriend Tallulah (Araba Blankson).
Director Carole Todd makes the most of the use of the multi-level set and it all looked very professional with Twenties costumes and even roll-on cars.
The young performers show fantastic energy – dancing, acting and shooting the action along. There were some outstanding singers too, especially Dilsher Bagri who plays Fizzy.
Numbers such as Bugsy Malone, Fat Sam’s Grand Slam and We Could Have Been Anything had the audience tapping their feet.
Owen Barkla as Bugsy does sterling work in a demanding role, though just needs the confidence to slow down.
Guilherme Barbosa also won big cheers as Leroy.
My co-reviewers, aged 11 and nine, loved the littlest hoodlum and we all thought young Mackenzie Foxcroft stole the show with great acting - and Brooklyn accent - as Fat Sam.
As it’s a children’s show, I’d better give the last word to the kids.
Bugsy Malone runs at Theatre Royal Windsor until Sunday, August 13. Call the box office on 01753 853 888.
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