CCHS and KEGS at King Edward VI School
A ground-breaking collaboration between the two great schools on Broomfield Road fills the wide stage with an impressive team of Lower School performers. Peopling the child-friendly Chicago gangland of Alan Parker's timeless musical with colourful characters.
An elegant, arrogant Tallulah, contrasted with the sincerity of Blousey Brown, the excellent auburn torch singer who holds the stage with those big numbers, and dreams of Hollywood. Good work too from Malone's laid-back, wide-tied narrator and speak-easy boss Fat Sam – nice accent and promising stage presence. Not to mention the monosyllabic Leroy, and the enjoyable comedy duo of Smolsky and O'Dreary, incompetent cops.
In Act Two especially, some lovely moments: the death of Knuckles, the strong soup-kitchen ensemble, the slomo rumble, Babyface seizing her moment. And to finish, a spectacular splurge-gun showdown – real suspense during the countdown, and then cascades of deadly foam transforming the gangsters into white statues before the clever curtain calls, the large cast slipping and sliding through the routine.
Bugsy Malone was directed by James Russell, with Becky Chant the musical director in charge of the toe-tapping little pit band.