Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, (12/01/2011 - 12/30/2011)

First Preview: Nov 04, 2011
Opening Date: Dec 01, 2011
Closing Date: Dec 30, 2011
Total Previews: 33
Total Performances: 36

Category: Musical, Drama, Original, Broadway

Opening Night Production Staff

Theatre Owned / Operated by The Shubert Organization (Philip J. Smith: Chairman; Robert E. Wankel: President)

Produced by Kathleen Raitt, Jerry Frankel, Jeffrey Richards, Barry Satchwell Smith, Michael Jenkins, Howard Caplan, Bernie Abrams/Michael Speyer, Howard Kagan, Barry & Carole Kaye, Terry Schnuck, Nederlander Presentations, Inc., Corey Brunish/Brisa Trinchero, Alden Badway/The Broadway Consortium, Patty Baker, Bazinet & Company, Uniteus Entertainment, Ken Mahoney and Jeremy Scott Blaustein; Produced in association with Stageventures 2011 Limited Partnership, Darren Bagert, Robert G. Bartner/Ambassador Theatre Group, BGM, Broadway Across America, Michael D. Coit, Mary Cossette, Ronald Frankel, Lloyd Fruge, Bruce Robert Harris/Jack W. Batman, Cynthia Stroum, DSM/Gabriel Kamel and Irving Welzer

Originally presented by La Jolla Playhouse (Christopher Ashley: Artistic Director; Michael S. Rosenberg: Managing Director); Subsequently presented by Asolo Repertory Theatre

Book by Ivan Menchell; Lyrics by Don Black; Music by Frank Wildhorn; Musical Director: Jason Howland; Music arranged by John McDaniel; Music orchestrated by John McDaniel

Directed by Jeff Calhoun; Choreographed by Jeff Calhoun; Associate Director: Coy Middlebrook

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; Make-Up Design by Ashley Ryan; Associate Scenic Design: Christine Peters; Associate Costume Design: Leslie Malitz; Associate Hair Design: Leah Loukas; Associate Lighting Design: John Viesta

General Manager: Bespoke Theatricals; Company Manager: Doug Gaeta; Associate Gen. Mgr: David Roth; Associate Co. Mgr: Roseanna M. Sharrow

Technical Supervisor: Neil A. Mazzella and Hudson Theatrical Associates; Production Stage Manager: Paul J. Smith; Stage Manager: Megan J. Schneid

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; Bass: Chris Lightcap; Guitar 1: Brian Koonin; Guitar 2/Banjo/Pedal Steel: Gordon Titcomb; Woodwinds: Rob Jacoby and Dan Willis; Synthesizer Programmer: Randy Cohen; Drums: Clint de Ganon

Fight direction by Steve Rankin; Casting: Telsey + Company; General Press Representative: Jeffrey Richards Associates, Irene Gandy and Alana Karpoff; Marketing: Jeffrey Richards Associates, Alana Karpoff and Irene Gandy; Advertising: Serino Coyne

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Opening Night Cast

Jeremy JordanClyde Barrow
Laura OsnesBonnie Parker
Claybourne ElderBuck Barrow
Joe HartSheriff Schmid
Louis HobsonTed Hinton
Melissa Van Der SchyffBlanche Barrow
Talon AckermanYoung Clyde
Leslie BeckerCumie Barrow
Governor Ferguson
Mimi BessetteEmma Parker
Alison CimmetEnsemble
Daniel CooneyEnsemble
Jon FletcherEnsemble
Kelsey FowlerYoung Bonnie
Victor HernandezHenry Barrow
Michael LanningEnsemble
Preacher
Garrett LongEnsemble
Matt LutzEnsemble
Bud
Marissa McGowanEnsemble
Tad WilsonEnsemble

Swings: Sean Jenness, Katie Klaus, Cassie Okenka and Justin Matthew Sargent

Understudies: 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) and Tad Wilson (Preacher, Sheriff Schmid)

Awards and Nominations

Tony Award®

 2012 Best Original Score Written for the Theatre [nominee] 

Music by Frank Wildhorn; Lyrics by Don Black

 2012 Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical [nominee] 

Laura Osnes

Drama Desk Award

 2012 Outstanding Musical [nominee] 

Produced by Kathleen Raitt, Jerry Frankel, Jeffrey Richards, Barry Satchwell Smith, Michael Jenkins, Howard Caplan, Bernie Abrams/Michael Speyer, Barry & Carole Kaye, Howard Kagan, Terry Schnuck, Nederlander Presentations, Inc., Alden Badway/The Broadway Consortium, Corey Brunish/Brisa Trinchero, Patty Baker, Bazinet & Company, Uniteus Entertainment, Ken Mahoney and Jeremy Scott Blaustein; Produced in association with Stageventures 2011 Limited Partnership, Darren Bagert, BGM, Robert G. Bartner/Ambassador Theatre Group, Broadway Across America, Michael D. Coit, Mary Cossette, Ronald Frankel, Lloyd Fruge, Bruce Robert Harris/Jack W. Batman, Cynthia Stroum, DSM/Gabriel Kamel and Irving Welzer

 2012 Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical [nominee] 

Melissa Van Der Schyff

 2012 Outstanding Orchestrations [nominee] 

John McDaniel

 2012 Outstanding Lyrics [nominee] 

Lyrics by Don Black

 2012 Outstanding Music [nominee] 

Music by Frank Wildhorn

Theatre World

winner 2012 Award [recipient] 

Jeremy Jordan

Songs

music by Frank Wildhorn; lyrics by Don Black

ACT 1 Sung By
Picture ShowYoung Bonnie, Young Clyde, Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow
This World Will Remember UsClyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker
You're Goin' Back to JailBlanche Barrow, Buck Barrow and Salon Women
How 'Bout a DanceBonnie Parker
When I DriveClyde Barrow and Buck Barrow
God's Arms Are Always OpenPreacher and Congregation
You Can Do Better Than HimTed Hinton and Clyde Barrow
You Love Who You LoveBonnie Parker and Blanche Barrow
Raise a Little HellClyde Barrow
This World Will Remember Us (Reprise) Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker
ACT 2 Sung By
Made in AmericaPreacher and Ensemble
Too Late to Turn Back NowClyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker
That's What You Call a DreamBlanche Barrow
What Was Good Enough for YouClyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker
BonnieClyde Barrow
Raise a Little Hell (Reprise) Clyde Barrow, Buck Barrow and Ted Hinton
Dyin' Ain't So BadBonnie Parker
God's Arms Are Always Open (Reprise) Blanche Barrow and Preacher
Picture Show (Reprise) Young Bonnie and Young Clyde
Dyin' Ain't So Bad (Reprise) Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow

Reviews


AP: "'Bonnie & Clyde' has murderous leads, killer songs "

Bonnie and Clyde became famous when they teamed up, so it's somewhat appropriate that the new Broadway musical based on their story has brought together two great couples, albeit with less actual bloodshed.

Laura Osnes and Jeremy Jordan, two of theater's rising stars, play the bank-robbing duo with sexy onstage chemistry and strong voices. The other couple is behind the scenes: Frank Wildhorn and Don Black, the composer and lyricist, who have written some sumptuous songs.

These dynamic duos enliven "Bonnie & Clyde," a relatively straightforward biographical musical with some nice creative touches that opened Thursday under the direction of Jeff Calhoun at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre.

This retelling of the Great Depression-era folk tale about two star-crossed lovers teases out the twin themes of their dangerous lust and their lust for fame. Bonnie wants to be a movie star and Clyde wants to be Jesse James. That thirst for celebrity resonates today, as does the echo of economic woes, with its drumbeat of foreclosures and bank failures.

Wildhorn was last on Broadway this spring with "Wonderland," an updated telling of "Alice in Wonderland" that had some good songs but came with a book that was, at best, insipid. This time, his musical is much better but is ultimately let down by the same problem: a sometimes middling book.

That's not to say the book writer Ivan Menchell and the creative team haven't thrown all they can into the story: There are appearances by Bonnie and Clyde's childhood selves, there's a subplot with Clyde's brother, a love triangle with a cop, some eye-candy with both leads in their underwear, an attempt to explain the source of criminality, and energetic projection design by Aaron Rhyne that includes old headlines and photos.

Calhoun keeps more than two dozen scenes and miniscenes in constant motion, with actors sometimes setting up in the dark edges of the stage even as their fellow actors are still performing elsewhere. His sly sense of humor is on show when a choir singing God's praises with their hands in the air transform into customers with their hands in the air.

There are also dramatic shoot outs - marred somewhat by the distinctive sound of kiddie cap guns - and more vintage cars on stage than a showing of "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang." There is also what seems like vestiges from an earlier version of the musical, like a huge, expensive-looking tree stump that appears for just a few seconds in Act 2.

The plot is a mostly chronological, taking the couple from their first meeting to their bloody end. Menchell deserves credit for trying to elevate the story by looking at their quest for celebrity, but stumbles when it comes to exposition. "Clyde's been shot. He's in trouble," one character says after we've all clearly seen Clyde shot and in trouble.

There's also a bit of bloat, but Black's lyrics fit perfectly in Wildhorn's songs and even add an edge that sometimes is missing from the book. "No way I'll see heaven," Clyde sings in one bluesy song, "so let's raise a little hell."

But there can be no grousing when it comes to Osnes and Jordan, who are as gorgeous as some of the first-rate tunes they get to sing, such as the catchy "This World Will Remember Me," the fist-pumping "When I Drive" and the poignant "Dyin' Ain't So Bad."

Jordan, who was in "Rock of Ages," is charisma in person, a ball of swaggering arrogance with a sad boy underneath that's catnip to Bonnie (and many of the women in the audience). Bonnie, we are told, was a ravishing redhead, and Osnes is just that - this "Anything Goes" alumna transforms from a girl in need of attention (her sad "How `Bout a Dance" is beautiful) to a stone-cold fox cradling a shotgun. This is a killer combination: They will slay you, literally.

Some of the standouts in the supporting cast include Ted Hinton as the lawman who loves Bonnie. He shares a great duet with Clyde - "You Can Do Better Than Him" - but has a tendency to dramatically punch things such as desks to get the point across that he's mad. Melissa van der Schyff as Blanche Barrow has the funny "You're Goin' Back to Jail" ensemble song and the achingly pretty duet with Bonnie "You Love Who You Love."

Tobin Ost's scenic design are based around several huge vertical wood barn-looking panels that go up and down to highlight action, and his set has several sloping platforms that he uses to great effect when arraying silhouettes against mournful colors projected on the back wall.

Ost also designed the costumes, heavy on three-piece suits, house dresses, hats and suspenders. In one inspired moment, Bonnie and Clyde put on clothes that match exactly what the couple was wearing in a 1930s photograph that is projected as they dress.

Little touches such as that, plus a great score and terrific leads, make "Bonnie & Clyde" a peripatetic, but pretty musical, despite having a body count almost as high as "King Lear."


AP
12/01/2011

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