Bugsy Malone

(1976)

by Paul Williams , Alan Parker

Description
musical show
Duration
90
Genres
Musicals, School Show
Text
Play by Alan Parker. Words and Music by Paul Williams
Instrumentation
2cl (I=fl*, II=asax*).bsn - tpt.trbn - gtr.bass gtr - drums - pno * The Clarinet I part is for one player doubling Flute. If no such player is available, the Flute and Clarinet parts can be played by separate instrumentalists. * The same applies to the Clarinet II/Alto Sax parts.
Languages
English
Availability
Published by Warner/Chappell.  Administered for hire, rental and stage rights worldwide (excluding North America) by Faber Music Ltd.  Contact us for a licence.
Libretto and vocal selection on sale. 
Costumes and splurge guns can be hired from a number of organisations, including these people.
 
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THE STORY 

1929, Gangster warfare in New York
 
Dandy Dan’s hoodlums terrorise the district, exterminating undesirables with their new weapon – splurge guns. His rival is Fat Sam Stacetto, who runs the Grand Slam Speakeasy, but Fat Sam’s gang still use old-fashioned pies. Fat Sam engages the help of Bugsy Malone, a smooth city slicker who hitherto has been more occupied in sweet-talking Blousey Brown, a would-be girl singer. With Bugsy’s help, Fat Sam escapes from a frame-up but he learns later that Dandy Dan’s mob have splurged nearly all his gang. They’ve also destroyed his sarsaparilla and grocery rackets – the whole empire’s gone”. There’s only one hope left. Fat Sam pays Bugsy 400 dollars in exchange for more help. Bugsy, who has promised to take Blousey to Hollywood, has to break his date with her. Is she mad! Meanwhile Bugsy and Leroy Smith, a guy with an awesome punch, witness a secret delivery of splurge guns at Dock 17. With a bunch of down-and-outs, they help themselves from the crates. Then the police arrive, let by Captain Smolsky and Lieutenant O’Dreary. Bugsy and the gang escape through a trapdoor.  Finally Dandy Dan prepares for a showdown at Fat Sam’s speakseasy. When his mob burst in, Bugsy and the guys let ‘em have it – the works. Splurge, custard pies, flour bombs… Out of the gooey pandemonium it emerges that Bugsy and Blousey have made it up. Peace has broken out at last.
 
PRINCIPAL MUSICAL NUMBERS
Bugsy Malone (Three girl singers)
Tomorrow (Fizzy)
I’m Feeling Fine (Blousey)
My Name is Tallulah (Tallulah)
Ordinary Fool (Blousey)
Fat Sam’s Grand Slam (Girls)
You Give A Little Love (Chorus).
 
PRINCIPAL CHARACTERS (plus chorus)
Bugsy Malone (who also acts as occasional narrator)
Blousey Brown (his girl and would-be Hollywood singer)
Fat Sam (gangland boss and speakeasy owner)
Dandy Dan (Fat Sam’s rival)
Knuckles (Fat Sam’s right-hand man)
Fizzy (general factotum and singer)
Tallulah (speakeasy girl singer and Blousey’s rival)
Leroy Smith (heavyweight boxing hopeful)
 

 
 
 
Image from The Lyric - Hammersmith (2015):
 
 

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News & Reviews

Acclaim for 'magnificent' Bugsy Malone at newly-opened Lyric Hammersmith

There’s been unanimous praise for the brand-new production of Sir Alan Parker and Paul Williams’s hit musical, Bugsy Malone, at the Lyric Hammersmith. It had Parker bursting with superlatives. The UK press were totally in agreement with him, too. On behalf of Warner/Chappell, Faber Music handles music licensing for Bugsy outside North America. Contact us for information on hire/rental and licensing for your show. Read more

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