Phoenix takes you back to the 1920’s with hit musical Bugsy Malone
Directed by Phil Dale with Musical Direction by George Jack, and with a cast of 63, over 200 costumes, film and projection, the audience was transported back to 1920s prohibition America. A vintage set and the original musical score brought atmosphere and authenticity to the Rhodes stage.
Headed up by local performer Danny Middleton as Bugsy Malone, the remainder of the cast was made up entirely of children who ably brought to life Fat Sam’s Speak Easy, with Talullah and Fat Sam’s Dancers, the rival gangs of Fat Sam and Dandy Dan and a supporting cast of night club guests. Phoenix students took the lead roles, with Fat Sam played by Matthew Goodeve, Shannon Brearey as Blousey Brown, Megan Creasey as Talullah, Josh Brown as Dandy Dan and Delilah Bennett-Cardy as Fizzy. The cast sang and danced their way around the prohibition-sets, wielding splurge guns and custard pies in some spectacularly messy moments and giving life to the classic songs, Tomorrow, My Name is Tallulah, So You Wanna be a Boxer and Ordinary Fool. The showdown at the end of Act 2 saw all the cast being splurged in a frenzy of white spray foam and custard pies, while the costume department prepared yet again for a huge clear up!
We were proud that our cast was drawn from the local community, with many of the local performing arts groups being represented, and we are pleased that we have been able to give so many local young performers the opportunity to experience such a fast paced and fun production. Thank you to all our talented cast for working so hard, and not forgetting the army of parents who gave up their time to chaperone a very lively and excited bunch of gangsters and flapper girls. We are glad you enjoyed it guys, your audiences certainly did.