Casting has been announced for the new stage production of Bugsy Malone at the Lyric Hammersmith. Based on Alan Parker’s acclaimed film, the musical will re-open the theatre, following a multi-million pound re-development. The Lyric’s artistic director Sean Holmes will bring to life the UK’s first professional stage production of Bugsy Malone (words and music by Paul Williams) in more than a decade. The musical runs from 11 April to 1 August (press night is 28 April).
Starring a diverse range of talented young performers, aged 9 to 19, Bugsy Malone will celebrate the spirit of contemporary London. Three different casts will perform the lead roles in rotation:
Bugsy Malone – Sasha Gray, Michael Matias, Daniel Purves.
Blousey Brown – Zoe Brough, Thea Lamb, Eleanor Worthington-Cox.
Tallulah – Samantha Allison, Sophia Decaro, Asanda Jezile.
Fat Sam – Max Gill, James Okulaja, Jenson Steele.
Dandy Dan – Oliver Emery, Jaydon Harris-Wallace, Tahj Miles.
Fizzy – Ashton Henry Reid, Marley Lockhart, William Wright-Neblett.
Lena/Babyface – Jamila Ajadi, Emily Beacock, Leah Levman.
Ensemble: Hammed Animashaun, Miles Barrow, Katie Blythe, Isaac Gryn, Ainsley Hall Ricketts, Dominic Harrison, Cristina Hoey, Katie Lee, Jacques Miche, Rachel Moran, Lauran Rae, Lucy Thomas, Dale White and Jermaine Woods.
Holmes said: “After a long and exhaustive search we are delighted to announce the full cast of Bugsy Malone. True to the spirit of the Lyric, the production will deliver everything you would want and expect from a stage version of Alan Parker’s seminal film – whilst promising unexpected surprises and delights. We are about to start rehearsals and we can’t wait for the splurge to begin.”
Also in the creative team are choreographer Drew McOnie, designer Jon Bausor, musical director Phil Bateman, lighting designer James Farncombe and sound designer Ben Harrison.
Jamila Ajadi: Jamila is making her professional theatre debut as Lena/Baby Face.
Samantha Allison (Tallulah): Samantha has appeared on stage in Matilda the Musical, Shrek the Musical and Les Misérables.
Emily Beacock (Lena/Baby Face): Emily starred in feature film Our Kind of Traitor for Potboiler Productions and The Night Before Christmas and Sleeping Beauty at ChickenShed Theatre.
Zoe Brough (Blousey Brown): Zoe can currently be seen playing Iris in the Royal Court’s production of The Nether which has recently transferred to the West End.
Sophia Decaro (Tallulah): Sophia has appeared in The Wizard of Oz at the London Palladium and was part of the original Oliver! cast. Sophia has also appeared as Bamboo in Dani’s House on CBBC.
Oliver Emery (Dandy Dan): This is Oliver’s first professional production. Previously, he played the part of Captain Smolsky and the Ventriloquist Dummy in Bugsy Malone with his local youth theatre (City Theatre Company) in Brighton.
Max Gill (Fat Sam): Max appeared as Archie in 13 The Musical at the EDSA Performing School where he is currently training.
Sasha Gray (Bugsy Malone): Sasha has performed in Public Enemy at the Young Vic.
Jaydon Harris-Wallace (Dandy Dan): Jaydon’s television credits include Dr Who and CITV Text Santa. On stage Jaydon has appeared in the Diwali Show at the Barbican.
Ashton Henry Reid (Fizzy): Ashton’s stage credits include playing Eric in Matilda the Musical.
Asanda Jezile (Tallulah): Asanda reached the final of ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent series 7.
Thea Lamb (Blousey Brown): Thea has recently appeared as Lily in Roxanne, a short film directed by Paul Frankl. She has also performed in 13 The Musical at the EDSA Performing School and Annie Jnr at St Christopher’s Theatre as well as singing solo in the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Concert.
Leah Levman (Lena/Baby Face): Leah starred as Baby Face in Bugsy Malone at the Posk Theatre, directed by Mat McPherson.
Marley Lockhart (Fizzy): Marley most recently appeared in The Millie Show for the BBC as Jake. Marley also appeared in the film Meet the Governors directed by Gabe Turner.
Michael Matias (Bugsy Malone): Michael’s theatre credits include The Bodyguard, the UK tour of Oliver!, The Lion King and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
Tahj Miles (Dandy Dan): Tahj’s stage credits Matilda the Musical and The Lion King. Tahj has also appeared in Thunderbirds are Go for ITV.
James Okulaja (Fat Sam): James has appeared on stage at Shorne School in Christmas With the Alien and The Little Blue Star.
Daniel Purves (Bugsy Malone): Daniel has appeared as Gavroche in Les Misérables at the Showdown Theatre.
Jenson Steele (Fat Sam): Jenson starred as Augustus Gloop in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory as well as being part of the original cast recording. Jenson also appeared in Guys and Dolls at Corona Theatre School.
Eleanor Worthington-Cox (Blousey Brown): Eleanor most recently appeared as Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre) and as Matilda in Matilda the Musical for which she co-won an Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical. Eleanor’s film credits include Young Aurora in Maleficent.
William Wright-Neblett (Fizzy): William has most recently finished filming the film Pan directed by Joe Wright for Warner Bros where he plays a Lost Boy. William also appeared in short film Little White Lies directed by Stuart Napier.