Bonnie & Clyde: the complete cast announced
The full cast has been annopunced for the Broadway premiere of Bonnie & Clyde, directed by Jeff Calhoun, opening at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre on 1 Dec 2011, following previews from 4 Nov 2011.
The previously announced stars Laura Osnes (Bonnie Parker) and Jeremy Jordan (Clyde Barrow) will be joined on stage by Melissa van der Schyff (Blanche Barrow), Claybourne Elder (Buck Barrow), Joe Hart (Sheriff Schmid) and Louis Hobson (Ted Hinton).
The cast will also feature: Leslie Becker, Mimi Bessette, Alison Cimmet, Daniel Cooney, Jon Fletcher, Victor Hernandez, Sean Jenness, Katie Klaus, Michael Lanning, Garrett Long, Matt Lutz, Marissa McGowan, Cassie Okenka, Justin Matthew Sargent and Tad Wilson.
Laura Osnes (Bonnie Parker), Melissa van der Schyff (Blanche Barrow) and Claybourne Elder (Buck Barrow) originated their roles when Bonnie & Clyde had its world premiere at the La Jolla Playhouse in the fall of 2009 (Best Musical, San Diego Theatre Critics Circle Award). They reprised their roles in the fall of 2010 when the show ran at the Asolo Repertory Theatre in Sarasota, Florida.
Jeff Calhoun, who directed both previous productions of Bonnie & Clyde, and will once again helm the show for Broadway said, "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."
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.
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.
The musical is being produced on Broadway by Kathleen Raitt, Barry Satchwell Smith, Jerry Frankel, Jeffrey Richards and Michael Jenkins.
Melissa Van Der Schyff (Blanche Barrow) made her Broadway debut as 'Mary Jane Wilkes' in Big River (American Airlines Theatre). Regional credits include 'Pippin' (Mark Taper Forum, L.A.), 'An Italian Straw Hat' (South Coast Rep, World Premiere), 'Zhivago' (La Jolla Playhouse, World Premiere), 'Ballad' (Theatre Geo, Ovation Nomination, Dramaleague Award), 'Laura Dennis' (Zephyr Theatre, West Coast Premiere).
Claybourne Elder (Buck Barrow) is making his Broadway debut. Off-Broadway he recently starred as 'Ollie' in Moisés Kaufman's adaptation of Tennessee Williams' 'One Arm for' Tectonic Project & The New Group. He made his New York debut in the World Premiere of Sondheim's 'Road Show,' in which he originated the role of 'Hollis Bessemer.'
Joe Hart (Sheriff Schmid) made his Broadway debut in 'The Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public.' He has toured Nationally in 'Annie Get Your Gun' and 'The Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public,' in which he also reprised his 'Aggie' role in the film.
Louis Hobson (Ted Hinton) Broadway credits: 'Next To Normal' and 'The People in the Picture.' Regional credits include: 'Hair' (Claude), 'West Side Story' (Tony), 'Evita' (Che) and 'Stupid Kids.'
Laura Osnes (Bonnie Parker) 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 (Clyde Barrow) performed on Broadway in 'West Side Story' (Tony) and 'Rock of Ages.' Regional credits include 'Newsies' at The Paper Mill Playhouse, 'Big River' at Goodspeed Musicals and 'The Little Dog Laughed' at Hartford Theater Works.
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").
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