The Chicago premiere of BONNIE & CLYDE with book by Ivan Menchel, music by Frank Wildhorn, and lyrics by Don Black, will be staged at Theatre Wit in September 2017. With a score made of blues, gospel, and rockabilly, the musical captures the real-life exploits of Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, the ill-fated lovers and outlaws whose story has been infamous since they achieved folk hero status at the height of the Great Depression. Those years in America were uniquely dramatic, creating a reality of survival at all costs. In a 21st Century now saturated with reality television and internet stars, we reflect on their desire for fame, fortune, and love as we explore how far America has (or has not) come in the years since.

Bonnie & Clyde
closed at Theater Wit
on October 15, 2017.


“Lively, affordable, amped-up, anthemic… they’ve got the outlaw heart, and the voices!”
– Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune

“The skillfulness of every aspect of this Kokandy Productions Chicago premiere… make this show a standout!”
– Mary Barnidge, Windy City Times

“With superb singing, music, and acting, and fast-paced direction, this Bonnie and Clyde retelling should not be missed.”
– Elizabeth Ellis, PerformInk Chicago


1 Jeff Award Win:

  • “Best Performer in a Supporting Role” – Missy Wise as “Blanche.”

6 Other Jeff Award Nominations:

  • Best Musical
  • Best Direction
  • Best Music Direction
  • Best Sound Design
  • Best Performer in a Leading Role (x2).


Frank Wildhorn, Music

John Cockerill, Music Direction

Robert S. Kuhn,Costumes

Jaq Seifert,Violence / Intimacy Design

Andrew Glasenhardt, Co-Technical Director

Don Black, Lyrics

Aubrey Adams, Choreography

Michael J. Patrick, Sound

Devon Green, Prop Design

Alan Weusthoff, Co-Technical Director

Ivan Menchell, Book

Ashley Ann Woods, Set

Lindsay Brown, Production Manager

Patrick O’Brien,Sound Engineer

Emily Boyd, Paint Charge

Spencer Neiman, Direction

Alexander Ridgers,Lighting

Kait Samuels, Stage Manager

Shawn Rodriguez, Master Electrician

Mary Kate McAlpine, Assistant Stage Manager


Brittney Brown

Nathan Carroll

Erin Creighton

Ann Delaney

Max DeTogne

Jacob Fjare

Desiree Gonzalez

Cisco Lopez

Jon Patrick Penick

Sarah Hayes

Jeff Pierpont

Tia L. Pinson

Maisie Rose

Jonathan Schwart

Patrick Tierney

Missy Wise

Tessa Dettman

Matthew Johnston

Justin Tepper


Photos by Michael Brosilow.


Desert image used in promotional materials obtained under a Creative Commons 3.0 license from Rennett Stowe on