Bonnie & Clyde


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).

Creative Team
Frank Wildhorn
Don Black
Ivan Menchell
Spencer Neiman
John Cockerill
Music Direction
Aubrey Adams
Ashley Ann Woods
Alexander Ridgers
Robert S. Kuhn
Michael J. Patrick
Lindsay Brown
Production Manager
Kait Samuels
Stage Manager
Jaq Seifert
Violence / Intimacy Design
Devon Green
Prop Design
Patrick O'Brien
Sound Engineer
Shawn Rodriguez
Master Electrician
Andrew Glasenhardt
Co-Technical Director
Alan Weusthoff
Co-Technical Director
Emily Boyd
Paint Charge
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

Click here to read their bios in the Bonnie & Clyde program.

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