Thursday, 30 April 2015
Theatre review: Bugsy Malone
The game-changer has been the splurge-guns Dandy Dan and his gang have acquired, and which raise the technology of throwing a custard pie into someone's face to a new level. As Fat Sam's gang get picked off one by one, he asks Bugsy to help him get some splurge guns of his own.
Backed up by the slick professionalism of the older chorus of dancers, the kids Holmes has assembled are an impressive bunch. As for Paul Williams' songs, it's not just Tallulah's (Samantha Allison, Sophia Decaro or Asanda Jezile) big number that gets stuck in your head afterwards, there's a lot more good tunes than I'd remembered. There's the odd moment that shows up the kids' inexperience, but it's the sort of thing that time and practice will iron out - I wouldn't be surprised if there's a few future big West End belters among tonight's cast. And frankly, the children's American accents show up many an adult professional actor. It's funny, sweet and performed with an undeniable sense of fun: You'd have to be pretty mean-spirited not to enjoy this Bugsy Malone, which for straightforward joy doesn't really put a foot wrong.
Bugsy Malone by Alan Parker and Paul Williams is booking until the 1st of August at the Lyric Hammersmith.
Running time: 1 hour 55 minutes including interval.