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Award-winning Bugsy Malone musical is coming to Manchester this year

It's been described "a joyously uplifting masterclass of musical comedy".

Emily Sergeant Emily Sergeant - 8th March 2022

A universally-acclaimed revival of the Bugsy Malone stage show is touring the UK this year, and it’s stopping off in Manchester.

For one week only this November, Manchester Opera House will welcome the cast of the Lyric Hammersmith Theatre’s revival of the world-famous musical stage show, Bugsy Malone – which is based on the 1976 film of the same name directed by Alan Parker, and was first staged back in 2015 going on to win the Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival.

Just as the original film helped launch the careers of Jodie Foster and Scott Baio, this new production will be casting a young company of 39 actors to tour the UK in 2022.

The show will be directed by Sean Holmes and choreographed by Drew McOnie.

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Described as being a “a joyously uplifting masterclass of musical comedy”, the show is packed with instantly-recognisable songs from Oscar winner Paul Williams – including My Name is TallulahYou Give A Little Love, and Fat Sam’s Grand Slam.

Keen to know what to expect?

A description for the show reads: “Prohibition era, New York. A city full of mobsters, showgirl and dreamers. Rival gangster bosses Fat Sam and Dandy Dan are at loggerheads. The custard pies are flying and Dandy Dan’s gang has gotten the upper hand since obtaining the new-fangled “splurge” gun. Now, Fat Sam and his bumbling buffoons are in real trouble.

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“Enter Bugsy Malone, a penniless one-time boxer and all-round nice guy, thrust not-so-willingly into the gangster limelight when he becomes the last resort for Fat Sam’s hapless hoodlums. 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.

“Will Bugsy be able to resist songstress Tallulah, Fat Sam’s moll and Bugsy’s old flame, and stay out of trouble long enough to help Fat Sam to defend his business.”

The critically-acclaimed Bugsy Malone revival is coming to Manchester Opera House this November / Credit: Lyric Hammersmith Theatre

Bugsy Malone will arrive at Manchester Opera House on Tuesday 8 November – Saturday 12 November 2022, and tickets go on general on sale this Thursday from 10am.

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