Bugsy Malone is a cult classic and a favourite amongst youth theatre groups with its iconic child-led cast.
The Mellow Dramatics Youth delivered a performance of conviction as the audience is transported to 1920s New York.
Opening night nerves were quickly dissipated as opening number Bugsy Malone and ensemble piece Fat Sam's Grand Slam, shone with delightful vocal harmonies and an abundance of energy.
Dan Robb was thoroughly engaging as Fat Sam, incorporating some excellent slapstick moments into his performance. His gang of dopey wingmen were led well by Knuckles (played by Rhys Jones). Jones's comedic performance garnered many a laugh from the audience.
There were strong performances from the leading ladies, Blousey and Tallulah, played by Hannah Smith and Olivia Matlock respectively. Smith and Matlock's brilliant voices were showcased in My Name Is Tallulah and Ordinary Fool.
Calum Launchbury's Dandy Dan was suitably suave and Owen Wardle delivered an accomplished performance as the title character Bugsy Malone.
Special mention also to the harmonious Bugsy Malone singers Daisy Parker, Charlotte Coombes, Lucy Boyle, Ania Rakic, Jenny Potts and Tiffany Phillips, along with Fizzy endearingly played by Joe Beckwith.
Under the direction of Andrew Warner and Musical Direction of Sue Arthur, Mellow Dramatics Youth is brimming with talent.
Bugsy Malone runs at Brewhouse Arts Centre until 16 January.
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