Preview: Bonnie & Clyde
Hold onto your hats ladies and gentlemen! Not only as the Luner on Theatre Preview series continues but as we introduce you to our next show up in the line up. Breaking its way into The Great White Way with a bang for sure, based off of the true story of the two famous convicts themselves, please welcome our next Broadway Preview Bonnie & Clyde.
Bonnie & Clyde is a new musical based off the true story of Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, the tag team outlaws that became folk heroes during their crime spree through out the Great Depression. The pair was not only known however though for their stealing spree but also their love interest. Both combined into an epic story are what make the mounting of this new musical. The musical quite literally follows a story of the pair as they take part in their crime spree are arrested and continue to escape and be captured. Their story and love ends in a dramatic shootout that will end the show.
Of course, when mounting a musical of such an epic couple – one needs an epic couple to take on the roles of each. Taking on the role of Bonnie is Laura Osnes (Anything Goes) and Jeremy Jordan (Newsies) in the role of Clyde. The rest of the production also features Melissa van der Schyff (Big River) as Blanche Barrow, Claybourne Elder (Road Show) as Buck Barrow, Joe Hart (The Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public) as Sheriff Schmid and Louis Hobson (Next to Normal) as Ted Hinton, plus Talon Ackerman, Rozi Baker, Leslie Becker, Mimi Bessette, Alison Cimmet, Dan Cooney, Jon Fletcher, Kelsey Fowler, Victor Hernandez, Sean Jenness, Katie Klaus, Michael Lanning, Garrett Long, Matt Lutz, Marissa McGowan, Cassie Okenka, Justin Matthew Sargent, Jack Tartaglia and Tad Wilson.
Bonnie & Clyde is a new musical that features a book by Ivan Menchell, music by Frank Wildhorn and lyrics by Don Black. This musical is making its Broadway debut and first time in New York. The production was put up at the La Jolla Playhouse in California from November 10th, 2009 to December 20th, 2009. The production was then put up around the same time again a year later at Asolo Repertory Theatre in Florida in 2010. Now almost another year to these dates, the musical has finally made it to Broadway. The production begins previews TODAY at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre with an official opening set for December 1st, 2011.
The creative team starts off with Jeff Calhoun, recent director of Newsies at Paper Mill Playhouse, at the helm again as Director. The rest of the team includes Tobin Ost scenic and costume designing the production, Michael Gilliam for lighting design, John Shivers sound desiging, Aaron Rhyne designing all the projects, Telsey + Company taking care of Casting, Charles LaPointe hair and wig designing, Ashley Ryan for make up design, Steve Rankin as flight director, Neil A. Mazzella and Paul J. Smith as production stage managers. Kathleen Raitt, Jerry Frankel, Jeffrey Richards, Barry Satchwell Smith and Michael Jenkins are all producers for the new production.
And while Wildhorn’s last piece on Broadway, Wonderland, was a huge flop to the community – this production looks very promising having been worked for some time now. Wildhorn has also described the music as flirting with rockabilly, blues and gospel. I personally cannot wait to see this production not only for the material it covers but for the promising look it has for Broadway.
Wanna see Bonnie & Clyde? You can because PREVIEWS BEGIN TONIGHT! This new production will most definitely be hitting Broadway with a BANG so make sure you check it out soon! Jeremy Jordan, Laura Osnes and a classic story of love and trouble – thats what we’re talking about. Previews begin tonight with an official opening set for December 1st. For more information, check out the Official Website for Bonnie & Clyde on Broadway! And of course, stay tuned to Luner on Theatre as we continue to bring you news of Bonnie & Clyde and the rest of Broadway as we bring you your need to know theatre news! Also- Thank you to Playbill.com for the photos used in this article!