Bonnie & Clyde: A Folktale Hunter Foster and Rick Crom's musical - invitational reading at Westside Theatre
Above the Title Entertainment (Jed Bernstein) will present a special invitational reading of the new musical, Bonnie & Clyde: A Folktale, with book by Hunter Foster and music & lyrics by Rick Crom, for two performances on 16 Jun 2009 at the Westside Theatre.
Under the direction of Mark Waldrop, the cast will feature Sutton Foster (Bonnie) and Will Swenson (Clyde) in the title roles, with Marc Kudisch, Debra Monk and Christopher Sieber.
Americaï¿½s most romantic gangsters, Bonnie & Clyde, outwit and outrun a relentless (yet always ladylike) J. Edgar Hoover to the delight of the poor and downtrodden, as their relationship changes from ï¿½strictly businessï¿½ to reluctant love. The Foster & Crom take on this classic story is funny, tuneful, romantic and historically dubious; a good olï¿½ musical about the bad olï¿½ days.
Bonnie & Clyde: A Folktalee was selected 2008 NYMF ï¿½Most Promising New Musical.ï¿½
Hunter Foster (Book) is an actor/singer, librettist and playwright. After touring in several shows and playing on Broadway, he was cast in his breakthrough role, that of 'Bobby Strong' in 'Urinetown,' for which he received nominations for an Outer Critics Circle Award and a Lucille Lortel Award. In 2003, Foster starred as 'Seymour' in the Broadway revival of 'Little Shop of Horrors,' for which he received his first Tony Award nomination. Most recently, he appeared as 'Leo Bloom' in 'The Producers' on Broadway. Foster wrote the libretto for an Off-Broadway 2002 musical based on the motion picture Summer of '42.
Rick Crom (Music & Lyrics) is a songwriter and performer. He is the composer/ lyricist of the Off Broadway comedy revues, 'What In The World,' and 'NEWSical' that ran at Studio 54 in New York and garnered Drama Desk nominations for best lyrics and best revue. He has contributed songs to the feature film, 'The Big Gay Musical' which is to be released in Fall ï¿½09. He was the chief songwriter for 'The Crystal Palace' in Aspen for over 15 years. As an actor he's appeared on Broadway in the musicals, Urinetown, The Goodbye Girl, and Footloose.
Mark Waldrop (Director) served as production supervisor and contributed special material for Bette Midler's 'Divine Miss Millennium' Tour. Off-Broadway and in Los Angeles: Howard Crabtree's 'When Pigs Fly,' for which he also provided book and lyrics (1997 Drama Desk Award/Best Revue; 1997 Outer Critics Circle Award; Outstanding Off-Broadway Musical, OBIE; Best Director nominations: Drama Desk and L.A Ovation awards).
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