Bonnie & Clyde

Bonnie & Clyde

Lyrics by Don Black
Book by Ivan Menchell

La Jolla Playhouse presented the world premiere of Bonnie & Clyde in November and December of 2009. The show tells the story of Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, ill-fated lovers and outlaws whose tale has captured the imagination ever since it took place during the Great Depression. It has music by Frank Wildhorn, lyrics by Don Black (Sunset Boulevard, Aspects of Love, Dracula) and a book by Ivan Menchell (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Cemetary Club, The Prince and the Pauper), and is described as a "non-traditional score, combining rockabilly, blues and gospel music."

A second run of the show took place as part of Asolo Repertory Theatre's 2010-2011 Season in Sarasota, Florida, USA. The pre-Broadway tryout production began previews on 12 November 2010, officially opened on 19 November, and ran through 19 December.

Laura Osnes returned to the stage as Bonnie, with Jeremy Jordan (West Side Story, Rock of Ages) as Clyde for the Asolo production. They were joined by Melissa van der Schyff (Deaf West's Big River) as Blanche Barrow, Mimi Bessette (Little Shop of Horrors) as Emma Parker, Kevin Massey as Ted Hinton, Claybourne Elder as Buck Barrow, Wayne Duvall as the Sheriff, Leslie Becker as Cumie Barrow/Governor Ferguson, Zach Rand (Les Misérables and Mary Poppins) as Young Clyde and Kelsey Fowler (Mary Poppins) as Young Bonnie. Ensemble members included Daniel Cooney, FSU/Asolo Conservatory MFA student Dane Dandridge, Victor Hernandez, Laura Hodos, Heather Kopp, Michael Lanning, Kevin Rose, Casey Shea, Tim Shew and local performer Holly Rizzo as the Young Bonnie understudy.

There are numerous backstage videos from the run of the show and other related posts on the Asolo Rep blog. There are also promotional photos, behind-the-scenes photos and videos (page one, page two) at, production photos and behind-the-scenes photos at and a promotional video for the Asolo production available online.

The show had direction and musical staging by Jeff Calhoun (Brooklyn, Grey Gardens, Deaf West's Big River) and music supervision, arrangements and orchestrations by John McDaniel ("The Rosie O'Donnell Show", Grease!, Annie Get Your Gun). The creative team included Tobin Ost (scenic and costume designer), Michael Gilliam (lighting designer), Kevin Kennedy (sound designer), Aaron Rhyne (projection designer), Carol Doran (wig and hair designer), Stephen Landau (music director/keyboards), Coy Middlebrook (associate director), Patricia Delorey (vocal coach), Steve Rankin (fight director), Paul J. Smith (production stage manager), Kelly Borgia (stage manager) and Jeff Tanski (associate music director).

The world premiere production at La Jolla Playhouse was honored with several awards at the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle's 2009 Craig Noel Awards for Theatrical Excellence. The show was named the year's "Outstanding New Musical" and other honors went to Jeff Calhoun for his direction, John McDaniel for musical direction, and Laura Osnes and Melissa van der Schyff as leading and featured musical performers. Complete details are available on the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle website, which includes photos from the event.

The La Jolla cast was led by Laura Osnes (South Pacific, Grease) and Stark Sands (Twelfth Night, Journey's End) as Bonnie and Clyde. They were joined by Academy Award nominee and Emmy Award winner Mare Winningham (Georgia, Amber Waves, George Wallace) as Bonnie's mother Emma, Melissa van der Schyff as Clyde's sister-in-law Blanche, Wayne Duvall as the Sheriff, Claybourne Elder as Clyde's brother Buck and Chris Peluso as Deputy Ted Hinton. The ensemble included Leslie Becker, Daniel Cooney and Michael Lanning, as well as San Diego actors Courtney Corey, Michael Covert, Victor Hernandez, Michael Mulligan, Carly Nykanen, Mike Sears and Jessica Watkins.

The show began previews on 10 November 2009, officially opened on 22 November and ran through 20 December at the Playhouse's Mandell Weiss Theatre in La Jolla, California. Promotional photos have been posted on More information is available at

Here is the song list from the world-premiere production of Bonnie & Clyde, presented at the La Jolla Playhouse in November and December 2009:

Act One:
Short Order World Bonnie
This World Will Remember Me Clyde, Bonnie
The Long Arm of the Law Sheriff, Ted, Bud
You're Goin' Back to Jail Blanche, Salon Women
This Never Happened Before Clyde, Bonnie
God's Arms Are Always Open Preacher, Choir
You Can Do Better than Him Ted, Clyde
You Love Who You Love Bonnie, Blanche
Sixteen Years Clyde
This World Will Remember Us Clyde, Bonnie
Act Two:
The Long Arm of the Law (Reprise) Sheriff
I'll Never Leave You Clyde, Bonnie
You're Not Goin' Back to Jail Blanche, Buck
What Was Good Enough for You Clyde, Bonnie
Bonnie Clyde
The Devil Emma Parker
These Are What You Call Guns Barrow Gang, The Laws
Dyin' Ain't So Bad Bonnie, Clyde
How 'Bout A Dance Bonnie, Clyde, Buck, Blanche
God's Arms Are Always Open (Reprise) Blanche, Preacher
The Long Arm of the Law (Reprise #2) Ted
This World Will Remember Us (Reprise) Clyde, Bonnie


©Frank Wildhorn Productions 2012