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Bugsy Malone

Scene 1

#1 Opening (Orchestra)

(House lights off. ‘BUGSY MALONE’ played. Instrumental. Black. A red light flickers onto the dark stage. Roxy Robinson enters along the audience gangway. Scared)

BUGSY

Someone once said, if it was raining brains, Roxy Robinson wouldn’t even get wet. In all of New York they didn’t come much dumber than Roxy the Weasel. To be frank, Roxy was a dope.

(Roxy nervously runs right and left across the stage, scared. Offstage we hear sound effects: screeching car tires; slamming car doors; voices)

BRONX CHARLIE

Shoulders, the alley-way quick. He’s making for Perito’s. Benny cover the back. Yonkers watch the sidewalk.

(The Hoods enter stage left: Bronx Charlie, Laughing Boy, Benny Lee, and Yonkers. Roxy is trapped. The Hoods slowly walk towards him. Roxy backs away, taking off his hat. Impending disaster. Over this we hear.)

BUGSY

Dumb as Roxy was, he could smell trouble like other people could smell gas. But he should never have taken that blind alley by the side of Perito’s Bakery.

BRONX CHARLIE

Your name Robinson?

ROXY

Uh huh.

(Nods)

BRONX CHARLIE

Roxy Robinson?

ROXY

Uh huh.

(Nods)

BRONX CHARLIE

Also known as Roxy the Weasel?

ROXY

Uh huh.

(Nods)

BRONX CHARLIE

The same Roxy the Weasel who works for Fat Sam?

ROXY

Uh huh.

(Nods)

(Roxy is splurged and the Hoods walk off)

#2 After Splurge (1) (Orchestra) #3 Splurge (2)

BUGSY

Whatever game it was that everyone was playing, sure as eggs is eggs, Roxy Robinson had been well and truly scrambled.

(Lights up on Barber cutting Flash Frankie’s hair. Enter Bugsy, stage right)

BUGSY

Now, the guy in the chair here is Flash Frankie. The best lawyer in New York. Sure, he’s a little shady, but he’s the best, believe me.

(The Hoods from previous scene again enter, dramatically. Flash Frankie is splurged, as is the Barber)

#3 After Splurge (2) (Orchestra) #3 After Splurge (2) (Orchestra)

(Bugsy reverently places a hot towel over Frankie’s face)

Now, as you can see, something kind of fishy is going on here. To be perfectly honest, I’m beginning to wonder what’s going on myself... I mean this play’s only just started and already the stage is full of washed-up hoods. Oh, by the way, you’re probably wondering who I am.

(Lights up on Girl Singers left of stage, who sing into an old-fashioned microphone, the ‘BUGSY MALONE’ song which we hear under the subsequent action)

 
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