Bonnie & Clyde: musical comes to Broadway in the fall
The Broadway premiere of Bonnie & Clyde will open at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre on 1 Dec 2011, following previews from 4 Nov 2011.
Written by the creative team of Frank Wildhorn (Score), Don Black (Lrics) and Ivan Menchell (Books), the musical's score combines rockabilly, blues and gospel music.
Directed by Jeff Calhoun, the musical will star Laura Osnes (Anything Goes, South Pacific, Grease) as 'Bonnie Parker' and Jeremy Jordan (West Side Story) as 'Clyde Barrow.
Stuck in a dead-end job in Texas in the 1930s, young Bonnie Parker falls in love with Clyde Barrow, a charismatic criminal on the run from the law. Their love affair soon spirals out of control, as Bonnie & Clyde commit a series of bank robberies while staying one step ahead of the authorities. But as their notoriety — and body count — rises, the ill-fated lovers find themselves racing to the top of the Public Enemies list...with a bullet.
Director Jeff Calhoun siad, "What attracted me to this Bonnie & Clyde is that the authors have developed a love story that is both compelling and sexy, distinct from the film and yet faithful to these personalities who remain such a part of the American landscape. I can't wait for audiences to see Laura Osnes and Jeremy Jordan in these iconic roles. They are both extraordinary talents."
Laura Osnes originated the role of 'Bonnie Parker' when Bonnie & Clyde when the musical premiered at the La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego where it polayed from 10 Nov - 20 Dec 2009, where she earned a San Diego Theater Critics Circle Award for her performance and the show won Best Musical. In that production she starred alongside Stark Sands as 'Clyde.'
Osnes then reprised that role opposite Jeremy Jordan in the fall of 2010 when the show performed at the Asolo Repertory Theatre in Sarasota, Florida from 19 Nov - 19 Dec 2010.
the musical is being produced on Broadway by Kathleen Raitt, Barry Satchwell Smith, Jerry Frankel, Jeffrey Richards and Michael Jenkins.
Laura Osnes is currently starring as 'Hope Harcourt' in 'Anything Goes.' She recently starred as 'Nellie Forbush' in Lincoln Center's Broadway revival of 'South Pacific.' She made her Broadway debut as 'Sandy' in 'Grease,' having won NBC's reality competition "Grease: You're the One That I Want."
Jeremy Jordan performed on Broadway in 'West Side Story' (Tony) and 'Rock of Ages.'
Ivan Menchell (Book) Broadway: 'The Cemetery Club,' 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang' (additional material). Off-Broadway: 'Smiling Through,' 'We'll Meet Again.' Screen credits include: 'The Cemetery Club' and 'Napoleon' (co-writer). Television credits include: writer/producer of "JONAS", "Phil of the Future", "The Nanny", "Time of Your Life" and "Bedtime". Don Black (Lyrics) works have included movie themes, hit songs, and numerous musicals, including three with Andrew Lloyd Webber: 'Tell Me on a Sunday,' 'Aspects of Love' and 'Sunset Boulevard,' for which he received two Tony Awards for Best Book and Lyrics, together with Christopher Hampton. Black's movie credits include themes for many James Bond films: "Thunderball," "Diamonds Are Forever," "The Man with the Golden Gun," "Surrender" from "Tomorrow Never Dies" and "The World is Not Enough." In collaboration with composer John Barry, he wrote the title song for the 1966 film "Born Free," which won the Oscar for Best Song. He also collaborated with Barry on "Out of Africa" and "Dances With Wolves." He was recently inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Frank Wildhorn (Composer) Multi-Grammy and Tony Award nominated composer/producer Frank Wildhorn's works span the worlds of popular, theatrical, and classical music. In 1999, Frank became the first American composer in 22 years to have three shows running simultaneously on Broadway: 'Jekyll & Hyde,' 'The Scarlet Pimpernel' and 'The Civil War.' Also for Broadway: 'Dracula' and 'Victor/Victoria.'
Jeff Calhoun (Direction & Musical Staging) Broadway: 'Grey Gardens' (Musical Staging), 'Big River,' 'Brooklyn,' 'Annie Get Your Gun,' 'Grease!' 'Tommy Tune Tonite!,' 'The Will Rogers Follies,' 'My One & Only.' West End/International: Disney's 'High School Musical 1 & 2: On Stage!' (Director). Regional/National Tour: Disney's 'Newsies' (Director) Paper Mill Playhouse, 'Bonnie & Clyde' (Director/Musical Staging: San Diego Critics Circle Awards for "Outstanding New Musical" and "Outstanding Direction of a Musical").Bonnie & Clyde
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