Show Stoppers column: Almost 100 local youngsters chosen in open auditions will bring family classic Bugsy Malone (August 4 & 5, MK Theatre) to life, writes Nancy Stevens.
Set in 1920s Prohibition America, this light-hearted gangster musical sees penniless boxing promoter, Bugsy Malone, caught up in a mix of gangs.
He’s recruited to Fat Sam’s mob in a battle to acquire the latest weapon: immobilising custard pies. Director Robert Marsden, choreographer Bethany Hague and local musical director Matthew Reeve will lead the production.
Jamie Williams plays Bugsy, Natasha Holland is Tallulah, Amy Hales is Blousey Brown and Nathaniel Thomas plays Fat Sam.
Produced by MKT’s Creative Learning Department, Bugsy Malone will be the sixth critically acclaimed youth production.
La Cage Aux Folles (August 8 to 12, MK Theatre) then comes to Milton Keynes. Georges and the dazzling drag artiste Albin, otherwise known as Za Za and the star of La Cage Aux Folles, live an idyllic existence in the heart of St Tropez.
But behind the curtains of this sparkling extravaganza, all could change. Georges’ son, Jean-Michel announces his engagement to the daughter of a notoriously right-wing politician determined to close down the local colourful night-life – and drama and hilarity ensue when the parents meet.
The cast features West End and EastEnders star John Partridge as Albin, Grease star Adrian Zmed and Marti Webb.
Nancy Stevens’ award-winning arts show is now on Secklow Sounds 105.5FM on Sunday nights from 6pm-8pm.
This article was first printed in the August issue of Celebrate:MK lifestyle magazine, which you can read below.