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.
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"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
|Nominations & Awards|
|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).|
|Ashley Ann Woods|
|Robert S. Kuhn|
|Michael J. Patrick|
Violence / Intimacy Design
|Mary Kate McAlpine
Assistant Stage Manager
Jon Patrick Penick
Tia L. Pinson
Desert image used in promotional materials obtained under a Creative Commons 3.0 license from Rennett Stowe on Flickr.com.