The one problem I have with this new TY musical is that all these wiseguys and dames… why do they keep moaning about getting to ‘Hollywood? I mean, whatsamatta with the Big Apple? With Brooklyn?With Broadway? Fuhgettaboutit…. Otherwise, Mr. Trenier’s swansong Transition Year night was a smashing success! Bullets (and sparks) flew across the stage and around the room during the Gallagher/deBhal production of ‘Bugsy Malone’!
This was certainly an ensemble production: with everyone from the sound guy to Fifth Years Joe and Matt on the strings and the bright guy who arranged for the pro lighting and the AC playing important parts in making it such a special evening. The dancers and the gangsters may have had small parts but they all played them perfectly: not a step or a note was out of line (except for a few cracking knuckles!).
But, yes this was a show after all, and there were stars, too: Rian passed the toughest test of all, impressing a native New Yorker with his accent and his chutzpah; Grace out-Tallulahed Bankhead with her style, her voice and, most of all, that pout; Lola matched her sashay for sashay and note for note; James was the most elegant floor-sweeper the stage has ever seen; Manus channelled the Marx Brothers (all of them!) and won the audience’s laughter and affection; and Jimmy and Oisín wowed us by being themselves: wiseguys… but nice guys. The audience ate it up and the perfect setting certainly helped: the Performance Space came really came into its own as a place where we can show off and enjoy ourselves. It was the consummate finale for a amazing year as TY Co-ordinator Mr. Trenier once again organised the perfect mix of courses, projects and adventures to enable his young men and women to really make a transition in their lives. Check out the programme here and snaps (and full video!) of their performance and the Roll of Honour for TY awards above and below. Well done TYs, and get ready for the Real World come September!