Seeing Bugsy Malone not long after having re-visited The Untouchables (Brian de Palma’s Al Capone gangster movie) and the West End’s revival of Guys and Dolls makes one realise just how classy Sean Holmes’ production of this spoof gangland caper really is.
The Lyric Hammersmith today announces full casting for Sir Alan Parker’s Bugsy Malone, which returns to the Lyric for a limited 12-week run following the critically acclaimed, Olivier-nominated 2015 production. [The show also won the My Theatre Mates #AlsoRecognised Award for Best Ensemble Performance.] The production re-opens on 24 June 2016, previews from 11 June.
The Lyric Hammersmith’s critically acclaimed sell-out production of Sir Alan Parker’s Bugsy Malone, with music and lyrics by Paul Williams and directed by Sean Holmes, will return to the Lyric for a 12 week run, opening on Friday 24 June 2016, with previews from Saturday 11 June. Casting to be announced.
Every week, a group of regular, dedicated, independent theatre bloggers gather together for intelligent discussion “from the audience’s perspective” about plays and musicals they’ve recently seen in London. Lively, informed and entertaining. My Theatre Mates is delighted to syndicate the (still) As Yet Unnamed London Theatre Podcast (AYULTP). Shows discussed (with timings) in this week’s podcast: Orson’s Shadow – The …
I’ve seen two musicals recently that I’d recommend: Bugsy Malone at the Lyric Hammersmith and Carrie at Southwark Playhouse. And they have a surprising number of things in common, despite their very different stories. I can’t help but play the “connections game”
The list of gangster movies inspired by 1920’s prohibition-era Chicago is lengthy, but it was not to be until 1976 that British director Alan Parker was to redefine the genre with Bugsy Malone. His award-winning feature film was an inspired musical romp for children, with the classic themes of love and crime all scaled down to a kids-eye view of morality and with sub-machine guns converted to spray custard-pie “splurge” rather than murderous lead.