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Bonnie and Clyde on Broadway 2011

Frank Wildhorn's Latest New Musical to Hit Broadway

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Bonnie and Clyde on Broadway 2011

Bonnie and Clyde the New Musical by Frank Wildhorn

Bonnie and Clyde
Bonnie and Clyde was the second Broadway offering in 2011 by composer Frank Wildhorn, best known for the critical and financial success of Jekyll & Hyde, but who hit a sour note with the Spring 2011 flop, Wonderland. Based on the torrid love affair and horrid deeds of sociopaths Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, this new production proved not every show can serve up serial killing on a musical platter and come out smelling like a Sweeney Todd rose.

Preview performances of Bonnie and Clyde began on November 4, 2011, with its Opening Night performance on December 1, 2011. Lukewarm responses from critics and audiences sealed the show's fate, and after only 69 performances, Bonnie and Clyde closed on December 30, 2011.

The surprise closing of the show did not deter the producers from leaving the music for posterity. After the closing of the show, producers announced the Broadway cast album would indeed be recorded and released in April 2012. Further justification of the show's merits were cemented with multiple nominations for the 2011-2012 season's Drama Desk Awards, Outer Critics Circle Awards, and the Drama League Awards.

The Opening Night Cast of Bonnie and Clyde was led by Laura Osnes appearing in the title role of "Bonnie Parker," having left the Tony Award-winning revival of Anything Goes for which she was nominated for a 2011 Drama Desk Award. Jeremy Jordan co-starred in the title role of "Clyde Barrow," having gained fame in Next to Normal and currently starring in Disney's new Broadway theatrical production of Newsies the Musical.

Joining them on stage were Claybourne Elder, Joe Hart, Louis Hobson, Melissa Van Der Schyff, Talon Ackerman, Leslie Becker, Mimi Bessette, Alison Cimmet, Daniel Cooney, Jon Fletcher, Kelsey Fowler, Victor Hernandez, Michael Lanning, Garrett Long, Matt Lutz, Marissa McGowan, and Tad Wilson. Swings included Sean Jenness, Katie Klaus, Cassie Okenka, and Justin Matthew Sargent. Understudies included Rozi Baker ("Young Bonnie"), Alison Cimmet ("Blanche Barrow," "Cumie Barrow," "Emma Parker," "Governor Ferguson"), Daniel Cooney ("Preacher," "Sheriff Schmid"), Jon Fletcher ("Clyde Barrow"), Sean Jenness ("Henry Barrow," "Preacher"), Katie Klaus ("Blanche Barrow"), Garrett Long ("Blanche Barrow," "Cumie Barrow," "Emma Parker," "Governor Ferguson"), Matt Lutz ("Buck Barrow," "Ted Hinton"), Marissa McGowan ("Bonnie Parker"), Cassie Okenka ("Bonnie Parker"), Justin Matthew Sargent ("Buck Barrow," "Bud," "Clyde Barrow," "Ted Hinton"), Jack Tartaglia ("Young Clyde"), Tad Wilson ("Preacher," "Sheriff Schmid")

Bonnie and Clyde features a Book by Ivan Menchell with Lyrics by Don Black and Music by Frank Wildhorn. Musical Direction was provided by Jason Howland with Music Arrangements and Music Orchestrated by John McDaniel.

The production was directed and choreographed by Jeff Calhoun, who also directed the recent Disney hit Newsies the Musical. Assisting Calhoun was Associate Director Coy Middlebrook.

The production design team included Scenic Design by Tobin Ost, Costume Design by Tobin Ost, Lighting Design by Michael Gilliam, Sound Design by John Shivers, Projection Design by Aaron Rhyne, Hair and Wig Design by Charles LaPointe, and Make-Up Design by Ashley Ryan.

Bonnie and Clyde was produced on Broadway by Kathleen Raitt, Jerry Frankel, Jeffrey Richards, Barry Satchwell Smith, Michael Jenkins, Howard Caplan, Bernie Abrams/Michael Speyer, Barry & Carole Kaye, Terry Schnuck, Nederlander Presentations, Inc., Alden Badway/The Broadway Consortium, Corey Brunish/Brisa Trinchero, Patty Baker, Bazinet & Company and Jeremy Scott Blaustein; Produced in association with Stageventures 2011 Limited Partnership, Darren Bagert, Robert G. Bartner, BGM, Broadway Across America, Ronald Frankel, Tony Ponturo, Bruce Robert Harris/Jack W. Batman, and Cynthia Stroum and DSM/Gabriel Kamel.

The show was conducted by Jason Howland; Musical Supervisor: John McDaniel; Associate Conductor: Jeff Tanski; Music Contractor: David Lai; Piano: Jason Howland; Synthesizer: Jeff Tanski; Violin: Cenovia Cummins; Drums: Clint DeGanon; Bass: Chris Lightcap; Guitar 1: Brian Koonin; Guitar 2/Banjo/Pedal Steel: Gordon Titcomb; Woodwinds: Rob Jacoby and Dan Willis; Synthesizer Programmer: Randy Cohen.

Bonnie and Clyde's fight direction was by Steve Rankin. Casting was overseen by top Broadway casting agency, Telsey + Company.

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