Bugsy Malone is a cult classic and seeing it brought to the stage by a raft of talented youngsters made for an enjoyable night at the theatre.
Set in Chicago, the play is loosely based around events through the 1920s and early part of the 1930s, with a focus on gangsters like Al Capone and Bugs Moran. Birmingham Youth Theatre have tackled this production head on, with sequins and style.
Sam Cox shone in the role of Fat Sam, with excellent characterisation and voice to boot. Two comedic turns of the night came from Kathryn Ellis and Joe Logan. Taking on numerous roles, they interspersed scenes with pure hilarity. These three performers were spectacularly engaging from start to finish.
Cameron Simpson took on the role of Bugsy a smooth city slicker, with Emmie Hands playing Blousey Brown, who dreams of Hollywood fame. (These roles are both alternated, with Sinnie Foday and Holly-Mae Nelson playing Bugsy and Blousey at certain performances).Tallulah was superbly played by Jenna Simpson, with a special mention also to Scott Jennings, who stood out in each role he undertook.
James Shaw and Rachel Ewins have bright futures ahead of them, both individually dazzle with their solos Tomorrow and Show Business and the entire cast delivered a delightful sound under the baton of musical director Chris Corcoran, with direction from Adam Swift and choreography from Jordan McKenzie.
Birmingham Youth Theatre should feel incredibly proud with what they have achieved. They can all certainly be anything that they want to be.
Birmingham Youth Theatre's production of Bugsy Malone plays at The Old Rep Theatre until Saturday 6 June. For more information and to book tickets, click here, or call The Old Rep's box office on 0121 359 9444.
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