2 Acts, Book Musical, Rated G
Original London Version (1983)
The pint-sized, pinstriped classic is a tongue-in-cheek tribute to the gangster films of the 1920's.
Based on the hit 1976 film starring a preteen Scott Baio and Jodi Foster and featuring a catchy, swinging score by the composer of The Muppet Movie, Bugsy Malone is good, clean, comedic fun!
Two gangs comprised completely of children, square off in a 1920's rivalry of Capone-ian standards. Dandy Dan's gang has gotten the upper hand since obtaining the "splurge" gun (a weapon that shoots whip cream). Now Fat Sam and his bumbling buffoons are in real trouble! Bugsy Malone, a one-time boxer, is thrust not-so-willingly into the gangster limelight, when he becomes the last chance Fat Sam's gang has of surviving. All Bugsy really wants to do is spend time with his new love Blousey; but that just isn't in the cards for our hero.
Bugsy Malone is a master class in musical comedy. The libretto tosses the reader into uproarious laughter without even being staged. Imagine how delightful it is when it's brought to life! Not to mention, Bugsy Malone is a fantastic choice for school groups and programs with a large talent pool of young performers.
Bugsy Malone is only available to license in the United States and Canada.
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Another one-act version of Passionella was written by Stephen Sondheim and directed by Mike Nichols four years before Mr. Nichols directed The Apple Tree.