Bugsy Malone JR.
The cult film comes to life in a tongue-in-cheek tribute to the Roaring Twenties.
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Full Synopsis

The curtain rises on a grim scene: Dandy Dan's Gang (the Hoods), including Bronx Charlie, is hunting down members of rival mobster, Fat Sam's, Gang and splurging them
 with a mysterious new device that fires a lethal dose of whipped cream! In 1940s movie voiceover style, Bugsy Malone comments on the scene.

The Chorus Girls introduce Bugsy to the audience ("Bugsy Malone"), and he invites us into Fat Sam's speakeasy ("Fat Sam's Grand Slam"), where he is smitten with Blousey Brown, a new girl auditioning to be a singer at the club, but she brushes him off. The Hoods enter once more, looking for someone. Chaos breaks out and Knuckles, Fat Sam's sidekick, takes some whipped cream to the arm, but the Hoods are able to make their escape before getting caught. Behind closed doors, Fat Sam and his gang
 plan a defense against the terrifying new splurgers and the mastermind behind the attacks, Dandy Dan.

After the attack at the club, Bugsy convinces Blousey to go out to dinner in 
an attempt to win her affections. Bugsy reveals that, despite his tough exterior, he is not a crooked hoodlum. The two narrowly miss another splurging, taking shelter under their cafe table.

Rival gang leader (and heir to the custard pie recipe perfected by the Marquis de Meringue), Dandy Dan, considers his next move and celebrates his splurges ("That's Why They Call Him Dandy"). Meanwhile, back at the Grand Slam, Fat Sam and his girl, showbiz sensation Tallulah, are headed out on the town. Fizzy is mopping up the mess at the club and reminds Fat Sam that he promised Fizzy an audition the day before. Fat Sam puts off the request, saying, "Tomorrow, Fizzy." Fizzy sings of his dream to be in showbiz ("Tomorrow").

Oscar De Velt is auditioning replacements for his big show at the Bijoux Theatre after his star and girlfriend, Lena Marelli, has walked out (yet again). Blousey attends the audition, but just as she hits the stage, Lena struts back in and tells Oscar she'll give him one more chance ("Show Business"). Bugsy comforts the dejected Blousey and tells her he
 can get her an audition at Fat Sam's, but Hollywood is where she really ought to be.

Fat Sam's gang enters, reveling in being bad ("Bad Guys"). Fat Sam explains that, to have any hope against their rivals, they need to get their hands on a splurger, and leaves his gang to figure out how to accomplish this, exiting with Knuckles. Just then, Dandy's gang enters and splurges them all.

In an attempt to hide his fear and act normal, Fat Sam agrees to let Blousey audition. Blousey and Tallulah's girls, Loretta, Dotty, Bangles and Tillie, go off to get ready, leaving Tallulah to flirt with Bugsy. Blousey returns for her audition and catches them. Upset, but driven, Blousey still auditions ("Ordinary Fool") and is a sensation. Fat Sam gives her a part in the show, then asks to see Tallulah's new number ("My Name Is Tallulah").

Afterward, Fat Sam offers Bugsy $400 to find him a new gang. Bugsy accepts, excited to use the money to move to Hollywood with Blousey, despite the fact that she is still angry with him.

Bugsy visits a breadline on the dock, full of Down and Outs who need 
work ("Down and Out"). Two Delivery Guys begin unloading a shipment full of splurgers intended for Dandy Dan. Bugsy offers the Down and Outs jobs with Fat Sam and, hungry for work and food, they agree. Bugsy sets them off to steal the crates and run!

Bugsy earns his $400 and is about to buy his tickets to Hollywood, when he overhears Dan plotting to take over Fat Sam's place. Realizing that two gangs outfitted with splurgers could equal disaster for everyone, Bugsy shares his plan for a less messy outcome with Fat Sam, who agrees to give it a try ("Fat Sam's Grand Slam – Reprise"). Dan's gang busts in, and a standoff occurs, during which, Bugsy convinces the two gangs that they're more powerful as friends than enemies ("You Give a Little Love"). Bugsy presents Blousey with the tickets, and the two embrace as the curtain falls.



Cast Size: Flexible Cast Size
Cast Type: Children
Dance Requirements: Standard

Character Breakdown

Bugsy Malone
Bugsy Malone is the hero of our story. Cast a handsome young man who can sing and act. This role is equal parts Jimmy Stewart, James Bond and Gene Kelly. Bugsy alternates as the narrator and the star of the show. A young performer comfortable in front of an audience, who radiates a sense of charm and sincerity as well as a street-wise sensibility, will take your show a long way towards success.
Gender: male
Vocal range top: D5
Vocal range bottom: C#4
Blousey Brown
Blousey is at first the typical young, wide-eyed, would-be star, just off the bus from a small town. However, we find out that Blousey is a force to be reckoned with and certainly nobody's fool. This is a large role that requires good singing and acting, but the key to casting Blousey is finding a young actor who is at home with comedy. A young Carol Burnett type is one recommendation.
Gender: female
Vocal range top: D5
Vocal range bottom: E4
Fat Sam
Fat Sam is the baddest of the bad guys whose biggest rival is Dandy Dan. Fat Sam should be an adept physical comedian with a commanding stage presence. Sam sings, so make sure you've got an actor who can carry a tune; but moreover, finding an experienced actor with good projection and diction skills is important. Fat Sam carries much of the dialogue of the show. Note that Fat Sam does not need to be fat. You can dress him in a fat suit or cast a really small kid with booming voice for comedic effect.
Gender: male
Vocal range top: C5
Vocal range bottom: G4
Tallulah is the classic gangster's moll. Cast a young woman who is self-confident and can deliver the role with deadpan sincerity and droll appeal. Tallulah is a Mae West type with a talent for performing. She needs to be a strong singer for her self-titled number.
Gender: female
Vocal range top: B4
Vocal range bottom: B3
Dandy Dan
Dandy Dan is the unflappably stylish, debonair underworld businessman who outwits Fat Sam every step of the way. Your Dan should be comfortable singing his song, "That's Why They Call Him Dandy." Find an actor with just the right sense of style and grace.
Gender: male
Vocal range top: C#5
Vocal range bottom: G3
Fizzy is an employee of Fat Sam s at the Grand Slam, whose duties involve cleaning up the place. To cast Fizzy, find an actor who can really deliver the song,  Tomorrow. It is a difficult song that requires emotional singing and a significant range. Hopefully, you ll find a singer who can deliver Fizzy s sad-eyed hopes and dreams as he sweeps up.
Gender: male
Vocal range top: D5
Vocal range bottom: C4
Fat Sam's Gang
Fat Sam's Gang includes Roxy Robinson, Angelo, Snake Eyes, Ritzy, Shake Down Louis, and Sam's right hand man, Knuckles. You may add as many ensemble members to the gang as your stage can accommodate. These fellows are bumbling, funny, non-threatening hoodlums. They should be able to sing with gusto (if not on tune) and be willing to work on the rigors of physical comedy. Many productions have successfully cast girls in these roles.
Gender: any
Vocal range top: D5
Vocal range bottom: C4
Dandy Dan's Gang
Dandy's gang members are really bad guys. Also known as The Hoods, they sing a little, but they splurge a lot! Cast suave-looking types who can pull off slicked-back hair and double-breasted suits. Many productions have successfully cast girls in these roles. The Hoods include: Bronx Charlie, Benny Lee, Yonkers, Laughing Boy and Doodle. You may add as many ensemble members to the gang as your stage can safely accommodate. Remember, girls can easily be dressed up as male gangsters.
Gender: any
Vocal range top: D5
Vocal range bottom: G3
Lena Marelli
Lena Marelli is the star of the  Lena Marelli Show!, and she lets everyone know it. Cast a young performer who can TAKE OVER THE STAGE with a strong singing voice. An affected character voice is practically a requirement to deliver this role (refer to Rehearsal CD included in your ShowKit for an example). Lena is not very bright, but she is very loud. Think Lina Lamont from Singin' In The Rain.
Gender: female
Vocal range top: F5
Vocal range bottom: A4
Tallulah's Girls
The Tallulah s Girls perform at the speakeasy, and they include Tillie, Loretta, Dotty and Bangles. These girls should be very at home singing and dancing and should work well as ensemble singers. They are basically Tallulah s gang! Bangles has the most dialogue of these girls, so you might want to put your best actor in that role.
Gender: female
Vocal range top: D5
Vocal range bottom: B3
Featured Ensemble
These roles are featured comedic parts that do not require great singers: Oscar De Velt is the stage equivalent of Cecil B. Demille. A strong, confident actor will fit the bill here. Marbini the Magician and the Ventriloquist are two wonderfully funny smaller roles in the audition scene with Oscar De Velt. Both of them are convinced they are world famous. Cast performers who can really sell these roles for all they are worth. The Opera Singer and the other bits in this scene are all great cameos.
Gender: any
The Down And Outs
The Down and Outs are representative of out-of-work Depression era men and women of the soup kitchens, which include the Cooks serving in the kitchens. The Down and Outs are ready for a cause and helping Bugsy bring peace between Fat Sam and Dandy Dan is just what the doctor ordered. Additional ensemble roles in this scene include the Priest, Clipboard Willy and two Delivery Guys. If you have a smaller cast, you can use the splurged from earlier scenes (Fat Sam s Gang!).
Gender: any

Other standout ensemble roles include: The Radio Announcer, Paper Boy (or Girl), Razmataz, Maître D s, Elegantly Dressed Lady, Waitress, Louella, the Butler, the Trumpet Player on Roller Skates, the Line of Auditionees at the Bijoux, Pop Becker, the Barber and Flash Frankie. These are all good comic roles for young performers. In a smaller ensemble you can double many of these parts. For instance, the Radio Announcer could also play Flash Frankie and Pop Becker. Additionally, students can be cast as Speakeasy staff and customers, including a Waiter, Candy Cigarette Girls, Lena s Bodyguards, Male Gamblers, additional Chorus Girls, Splurge Attendants, Speakeasy Customers, and Members of Fat Sam and Dandy Dan s Gangs. While these are smaller roles, stress to your cast that often small, comedic roles steal the show and make for an even, well-rounded evening at the theatre.

Gender: any
Full Song List
Bugsy Malone JR.: Bugsy Malone
Bugsy Malone JR.: Fat Sam's Grand Slam
Bugsy Malone JR.: That's Why They Call Him&
Bugsy Malone JR.: Tomorrow
Bugsy Malone JR.: Show Business
Bugsy Malone JR.: Bad Guys
Bugsy Malone JR.: Ordinary Fool
Bugsy Malone JR.: My Name is Tallulah
Bugsy Malone JR.: Down and Out
Bugsy Malone JR.: Fat Sam's Grand& Reprise
Bugsy Malone JR.: You Give a Little Love

Curriculum Connection

  • Dialects
  • Laws of Trajectory
  • Roraring Twenties
  • Prohibition
  • Peer Relationships
  • Conflict Resolution



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