“Anybody who is anybody will soon walk through that door,” as Bugsy Malone remarks, making its mark at the Alexandra Palace Theatre for the festive season.

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Bugsy Malone, currently touring the UK, is taking a brief pit stop and entertaining audiences nightly at Alexandra Palace Theatre. The show, based on the cult classic movie, is set in 1920’s New York and parodies the mobster era of the time, taking adult situations and morphing them into family-friendly fun. Bullets become cream, people are smacked with pies, kisses on the cheek are scandalised, and juice is on the rocks.

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This classic tale is perfect for a family night out with jokes that will fly over the children’s heads and make the adults laugh alongside classic slapstick humour and over-acting for audience reaction. The plot is simple enough: Fat Sam and Dandy Dan head rival gangs against each other and want each other gone; however Dandy Dan has something that Fat Sam doesn’t – splurge guns! This is the overarching plot alongside Bugsy Malone’s attempts of wooing the upcoming star Blousy Brown. With a side plot every now and then, the plot does have much to be desired, but it is still there. Many points in the show could be ironed out and delved into deeper or resolved, but that is where the humour of show comes from. The absurdity of the show is what the audience thrives on and appreciates the most, and the writers know this. Containing many fourth-wall breaking moments such as Fat Sam having do a scene change all by himself, the show knows what it is doing and for what audience, which is extremely commendable.

The dancing in the show is very impressive, especially from the adult ensemble. Many moments of dance stay in your mind after leaving the venue. A personal standout is ‘So You Wanna Be a Boxer’ which is an intense number filled with energetic dance moves, boxing skills, and props. The way that Drew McOnie perfectly mixes the boxing moves into the choreography is very impressive, and the execution by the adult ensemble is even better. They work so hard during the entire show, from dance number to cameos. They truly shine in this show and all look like they are having the time of their life on that stage.

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A standout performer of the night has to be Albie Snelson as Fat Sam. He absolutely steals the show every time he appears on stage, and he puts everything into his performance. He wins everyone’s hearts from his very first scene, and from then on, he has the audience in the palm of his hand. His interactions with his ‘gang’ are some of the funniest scenes, and his comedic timing is impeccable. Mia Lakha’s vocals as Blousy Brown are truly phenomenal, especially for her age. She manages to sound so mature and truly finds the emotion in every song she sings, especially ‘Only A Fool.’ Her acting could have used a bit more heart and confidence, but overall, her performance is strong. Gabriel Payne is charming and charismatic as Bugsy Malone and packs a lot of vocal power in such a small package. Jasmine Sakyiama is confident and powerful as Tallulah, acting as our narrator for the show, and she is strong in every scene with extreme vocal talent following her.  

Credit: Pamela Raith

Bugsy Malone is a go-to for a family night out, especially for this festive season. It will be a perfect event/gift for the young ones or just a nice trip in general.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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