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Bonnie and Clyde (2009)

Compositeur: Frank Wildhorn

Parolier: Don Black

Librettiste: Ivan Menchell

The musical centers on title characters, Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, the ill-fated lovers and outlaws whose story has been infamous since they achieved folk hero status during the Great Depression. Wildhorn has described the music as a "non-traditional score, combining rockabilly, blues and gospel music."

Généralités: Histoire, thèmes et particularités


In Depression-era West Texas, Bonnie, a 23 year old waitress in a diner, dreams of leaving ("Short Order World"). Clyde, who has just broken out of prison with his brother Buck Barrow, tries to steal her mother's car. Bonnie recognizes another dreamer ("This World will Remember Me") and falls in love with him. They are captured by The Sheriff and Deputy Ted, who is enamoured of Bonnie, and Clyde is given a prison sentence. Blanche, Buck's wife, had warned that "You're Goin' Back to Jail". Bonnie smuggles in a gun and Clyde again breaks out of prison, killing a deputy. They then start a life of crime, joined by Buck and Blanche, robbing banks and travelling to avoid being caught. Bonnie writes poetry about their life. They murder others and Buck himself is killed. There is intense press coverage, even publishing Bonnie's poems. As they return to visit their parents, including Emma, Bonnie's mother, Ted follows them. The Sheriff vows to track them down ("The Long Arm of the Law"), and they are finally killed in a shoot-out.

Synopsis complet


1 Bonnie and Clyde s'intéresse à un personnage historique important: Bonnie & Clyde.


Historique du musical

Génèse du musical

Previously, Black and Wildhorn collaborated on Dracula, the Musical, which also had its world premiere in La Jolla. Wildhorn got in touch with Black about the possibility of writing a song cycle based on the story of Bonnie and Clyde. They released a demo of songs - five of which are still in the present musical - them with Michael Lanning and Linda Eder for Atlantic Records. The music contains elements of country and western, the Blues, and Broadway pop.
In February 2009, the show held an industry-only reading at Roundabout Theatre Company, starring Laura Osnes as Bonnie and Stark Sands as Clyde. It was directed by Jeff Calhoun. Other featured and ensemble cast were Rob Evan, Kelsey Fowler, Natalie Hill, Michael Lanning, David Larsen, Jacob Levine, Brynn O'Malley, Geoff Packard, Tricia Paoluccio, Jessica Phillips, Nancy Ringham, Bart Shatto, Marty Thomas, Ben Thompson, Tad Wilson and Betsy Wolfe.

Novembre 2009 La Jolla Playhouse)
The musical had its world premiere at the La Jolla Playhouse in La Jolla, California, running from November 10, 2009, through December 20, 2009. Calhoun was the director and choreographer, with John McDaniel, music director and orchestrator; Tobin Ost, Scenic and Costume designer; Michael Gilliam, lighting designer; and Aaron Rhyne, projection designer. Osnes and Sands starred, along with Mare Winningham as Bonnie's mother, Wayne Duvall as the hot-tempered sheriff who's got it in for Clyde, Melissa van der Schyff as Blanche, Claybourne Elder as Buck and Leslie Becker as Clyde and Buck's mother.[4] It won five major 2009 San Diego Theatre Critics Circle Awards.

Novembre 2010 Asolo Repertory Theatre
The next production opened on November 19, 2010 at the Asolo Repertory Theatre in Sarasota, Florida. It ran through December 19, 2010, and was once again directed and choreographed by Jeff Calhoun. Asolo producing artistic director Michael Edwards had said: "How it goes here will determine whether it goes to Broadway."

Novembre 2011 Broadway
The musical began Broadway previews on November 4, 2011, at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, with the opening scheduled for December 1, 2011.



Liste des chansons

Acte I
"Picture Show"--Young Bonnie, Young Clyde, Bonnie, Clyde
"This World Will Remember Us"--Clyde, Bonnie
"You're Goin' Back to Jail"--Blanche, Buck, Salon Women
"How 'Bout a Dance"--Bonnie
"When I Drive"--Clyde, Buck
"God's Arms Are Always Open"--Preacher, Congregation
"You Can Do Better Than Him"--Ted, Clyde
"You Love Who You Love"--Bonnie, Blanche
"Raise a Little Hell"--Clyde
"This World Will Remember Us"--Clyde, Bonnie

Acte II
"Made in America"--Preacher, Ensemble
"Too Late to Turn Back Now"--Clyde, Bonnie
"That's What You Call a Dream"--Blanche
"What Was Good Enough For You"--Clyde, Bonnie
"Raise a Little Hell (Reprise)"--Clyde, Buck, Ted
"Dyin' Ain't So Bad"--Bonnie
"God's Arms are Always Open(Reprise)"--Blanche, Preacher
"Picture Show (Reprise)"--Young Bonnie, Young Clyde
"Dyin' Ain't So Bad(Reprise)"--Clyde, Bonnie

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Versions du musical

Versions majeures de Bonnie and Clyde

Version 1

Bonnie and Clyde (2009-11-La Jolla Playhouse) (Original)
Durée : 1 mois 1 semaine
Nombre :
Première Preview : mardi 10 novembre 2009
Première : mardi 10 novembre 2009
Dernière : dimanche 20 décembre 2009
Mise en scène : Jeff Calhoun
Chorégraphie : Jeff Calhoun
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Version 2

Bonnie and Clyde (2010-11-Asolo Repertory Theatre-Sarasota) (Pre-Broadway Try Out)
Durée : 1 mois
Nombre :
Première Preview : vendredi 12 novembre 2010
Première : vendredi 19 novembre 2010
Dernière : dimanche 19 décembre 2010
Mise en scène : Jeff Calhoun
Chorégraphie : Jeff Calhoun
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Version 3

Bonnie and Clyde (2011-12-Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre-Broadway) (Original Broadway)
Durée : 4 semaines
Nombre : 33 previews - 36 représentations
Première Preview : vendredi 04 novembre 2011
Première : jeudi 01 décembre 2011
Dernière : vendredi 30 décembre 2011
Mise en scène : Jeff Calhoun
Chorégraphie : Jeff Calhoun
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Version 4

Bonnie and Clyde (2012-01-Aoyama Theatre-Tokyo) (Revival)
Durée : 2 semaines
Nombre :
Première Preview : dimanche 08 janvier 2012
Première : dimanche 08 janvier 2012
Dernière : dimanche 22 janvier 2012
Mise en scène : Tetsu Taoshita
Chorégraphie :
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Principaux CD du musical

1) 2008-??-Demo

2) 2011-??-Demo

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