Jazzy 'Bugsy Malone' is full of flashy flappers, catchy tunes

PE's Victoria Park High School production of the gangster-era musical is a hit


Fancy a night filled with flashy flappers, catchy tunes and would-be hoodlums?
Then mosey on over to Victoria Park High School’s David Blake Hall to catch the school’s production of Bugsy Malone.
This melange of cheeky comedy, jazzy tunes and quirky interactive snippets makes for a glamorous evening of fun.
Based on Alan Parker’s 1976 Bugsy Malone, the production sees multiple Showtime award-winning director Mariette van der Walt bringing the classic comedy musical to life in what is VP’s first stage offering since 2017’s Camelot.
Riddled with old-school gangsterism at the height of America’s prohibition period, Bugsy Malone is witty and fun, with just the right amount of spunk to keep you wanting more.
Memorable performances by Sarah Mackenzie as Blousy Brown and Tuan Thalla as Bugsy give this production a worthy nod.
Zoe Gray as the love interest of the owner of Fat Sam’s Grand Slam speakeasy (Ronan de Klerk is Fat Sam) is remarkable with a voice which touches the soul.
Ronan should also be commended for his smooth talking and “always in a pinch of trouble” characterisation, although his Italian American accent does dip here and there, making him sound a bit like an evil scientist.
Fat Sam’s arch-rival Dandy Dan, played by Sive Franisi, compliments the portrayal of 1920s gang-riddled New York with the two playing off of each other and culminating in an all-cast driven finale.Choreography by Catherine Gouws is commendable and vocal director Angela Freer rounds up a spectacular production.See Bugsy Malone at VP’s David Blake Hall until Saturday May 11, nightly at 7pm.Tickets are R55 for seats and R85 each at tables. Patrons who have booked at tables may bring their own snacks and drinks along.
Bookings are at www.quicket.co.za or through the school on 041-508-6400 or info@vphs.ecape.school.za

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