THE ALLURE OF THUG LIFE
The Allure of Thug Life is a Hip Hopsical comedy about Mélia, an upper middle-class teen from Oakland who wants to be a gangster rapper.
In 2023, Mélia won a scholarship from the HOLLYWOOD FRINGE FESTIVAL and performed her show, THE ALLURE OF THUG LIFE to sold-out audiences.
The LA TIMES named it one of the TOP 10 SHOWS to see at Fringe!
THE ALLURE OF THUG LIFE won BEST MUSICAL, THE ELLA TURENNE AWARD, PICK OF THE FRINGE and THE HOLLYWOOD PRODUCER’S ENCORE AWARD.
HERE'S WHAT PRESS ARE SAYING
“THE ALLURE OF THUG LIFE” EXPOSES OAKLAND’S OPPOSED WORLDS—AT THE MARSH
Let's be up-front about this: "Mélia Mills' "The Allure of Thug Life" is the most refreshing new show we've seen in a long while.
Mercury News featured The Allure of Thug Life as one of the top 10 great shows to see this weekend!
NOHO ARTS DISTRICT
A NoHo Arts theatre review of “The Allure of Thug Life” written and performed by Mélia Mills at the Hollywood Fringe Festival 2023.
LOS ANGELES FEMALE PLAYWRIGHTS INITIATIVE
#FringeFemmes Check-Ins: The Allure of Thug Life
Mélia skillfully carried this fun musical through the end. She had plenty of well-placed laughs going along with a realistic story, which was clearly driven by her life experiences. And she always brought the audience back to center after dramatic moments. And that it being a musical made this one woman show even better.