Official: BONNIE & CLYDE to Start Previews on Broadway November 4; Open December 1
First reported exclusively by BroadwayWorld.com on Tuesday, the producers of the new musical BONNIE & CLYDE have announced that the show as the first new musical to open this fall on Broadway. It will play at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre (236 West 45th Street), beginning previews on Friday, November 4th and opening on Thursday, December 1st. BONNIE & CLYDE has direction by JEFF CALHOUN, music by FRANK WILDHORN, lyrics by DON BLACK, book by IVAN MENCHELL and music supervision/orchestrations/arrangements by JOHN McDANIEL.
The show will star LAURA OSNES (2011 Drama Desk nominee, Anything Goes) as Bonnie Parker and JEREMY JORDAN (West Side Story) as Clyde Barrow.
"What attracted me to this Bonnie & Clyde is that the authors have developed a love story that is both compelling and sexy, distinct from the film and yet faithful to these personalities who remain such a part of the American landscape" said director Jeff Calhoun. "I can't wait for audiences to see Laura Osnes and Jeremy Jordan in these iconic roles. They are both extraordinary talents."
Laura Osnes originated the role of Bonnie Parker when BONNIE & CLYDE first began at the La Jolla Playhouse in the fall of 2009, where she earned a San Diego Theater Critics Circle Award for her performance and the show won Best Musical. She then reprised that role opposite Jeremy Jordan in the fall of 2010 when the show ran to critical acclaim at the Asolo Repertory Theatre in Sarasota, Florida.
BONNIE & CLYDE will be presented by Kathleen Raitt, Barry Satchwell Smith, Jerry Frankel, Jeffrey Richards and Michael Jenkins.
LAURA OSNES is currently starring as Hope Harcourt in Anything Goes. She recently starred as Nellie Forbush in Lincoln Center's Broadway revival of South Pacific.She made her Broadway debut as Sandy in Grease, having won NBC's reality competition "Grease: You're the One That I Want." Regional: Broadway: Three Generations (Kim McAfee), Pride and Prejudice (Elizabeth Bennet). TV: PBS' "Sondheim! The Birthday Concert" (released on DVD), the HBO pilot "The Miraculous Year."
JEREMY JORDAN performed on Broadway in West Side Story (Tony) and Rock of Ages. His regional theatre credits include Big River (Goodspeed) and The Little Dog Laughed (Hartford Theatreworks) for which he received a Critics' Circle Nomination.
IVAN MENCHELL (Book) Broadway: The Cemetery Club, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (additional material). Off-Broadway: Smiling Through, We'll Meet Again. US and UK Tours: The Prince and the Pauper, The Surprise Party. Screen credits include: The Cemetery Club, Napoleon (co-writer). Television credits include: writer/producer of "JONAS", "Phil of the Future", "The Nanny", "Time of Your Life" and "Bedtime". Mr. Menchell is the recipient of a Fulbright fellowship for his playwriting and a graduate of the Yale School of Drama.
DON BLACK (Lyrics) Don Black OBE is a highly-acclaimed, Oscar-winning lyricist. His works have included movie themes, hit songs, and numerous musicals, including three with Andrew Lloyd Webber: Tell Me on a Sunday, Aspects of Love, and Sunset Boulevard, for which he received two Tony Awards for Best Book and Lyrics, together with Christopher Hampton. Mr. Black's movie credits include themes for many James Bond films: Thunderball, Diamonds Are Forever, The Man with the Golden Gun, "Surrender" from Tomorrow Never Dies and The World is Not Enough. In collaboration with composer John Barry, he wrote the title song for the 1966 film Born Free, which won the Oscar for Best Song. He also collaborated with Barry on Out of Africa and Dances With Wolves. He has worked with Jule Styne, Henry Mancini, Quincy Jones, Elmer Bernstein, Michael Legrand, Marvin Hamlisch, Charles Aznavour and has had two U.S. number one hits: Michael Jackson's "Ben" and Lulu's "To Sir, With Love". He was recently inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
FRANK WILDHORN (Composer)Multi-Grammy and Tony Award nominated composer/producer Frank Wildhorn's works span the worlds of popular, theatrical, and classical music. In 1999, Frank became the first American composer in 22 years to have three shows running simultaneously on Broadway: Jekyll & Hyde, The Scarlet Pimpernel, The Civil War. Also for Broadway: Dracula and Victor/Victoria. Frank produced Harlem Song the famed Apollo Theatre. International: Cyrano, The Count of Monte Cristo, Carmen, Rudolf, Mitsuko, Never Say Goodbye, Camille Claudel, and Tears of Heaven. He currently has his own label deal (Soul Bear Records) with Sony Masterworks. International recording partnership, MWB (Music Without Borders), with MG-Sound/Vienna. Frank served as music director for the Goodwill Games in New York City (1998). He wrote the song "Gold", the opening number for the 2002 Winter Olympics. Received the prestigious Charles Dickens Award from USC, where there is a scholarship under his name. Among the artists who have recorded and performed Frank's works: Whitney Houston (#1 international hit "Where Do Broken Hearts Go?"), Natalie Cole, Kenny Rogers, Sammy Davis, Jr., Liza Minnelli, Julie Andrews, Hootie & the Blowfish, The Moody Blues, Johnny Mathis, Linda Eder, Freddie Jackson, Trisha Yearwood, Stacy Lattisaw, Molly Hatchet, Blues Traveler, Trace Adkins, Patti LaBelle, Jeffrey Osborne, BeBe Winans, Amy Grant, Anthony Warlow, to name a few. Associate artist at the Alley Theatre in Houston. Upcoming: Havana. Father to Justin Samuel and Jake Ryan.
JEFF CALHOUN (Direction & Musical Staging) Broadway: Grey Gardens (Musical Staging), Deaf West's Big River (Director/Choreographer: 2004 Tony Award Tony Honor for Excellence in Theatre), Brooklyn (Producer/Director/Choreographer), Annie Get Your Gun (Co-Choreographer with Graciela Daniele: 1999 Tony Award, Best Revival), Grease! (Director/Choreographer: 1994 Tony Nomination, Best Choreography), Tommy Tune Tonite! (Directing Debut), The Will Rogers Follies (Associate Choreographer), My One & Only (Replaced the vacationing Tommy Tune). West End/International: Disney's High School Musical 1 & 2: On Stage! (Director). Regional/National Tour: Disney's Newsies (Director) Paper Mill Playhouse, Bonnie & Clyde (Director/Musical Staging: San Diego Critics Circle Awards for "Outstanding New Musical" and "Outstanding Direction of a Musical") Asolo Repertory Theatre and La Jolla Playhouse, Jane Austen's Emma: A Musical Romantic Comedy (Director/Choreographer) The Old Globe, Dolly Parton's 9 to 5 the musical (Director) 1st National Tour, Deaf West's Pippin (Director/Choreographer) Mark Taper Forum, Disney's High School Musical: On Tour! (Director) Disney Theatricals, The Civil War (Director) Ford's Theatre. Jeff is an Associate Artist at Ford's Theatre.
JOHN McDANIEL (Music supervision/Orchestrations/Arrangements) Television: "The Rosie O'Donnell Show" (two Emmy Awards), Friar's Roasts '99-'02, Tony Awards '97-'00, A Rosie Christmas. Broadway: Catch Me If You Can, Brooklyn (also Producer), Annie Get Your Gun, Taboo, Chicago, Grease, Patti LuPone on Broadway. Recordings as Producer: Annie Get Your Gun (Grammy Award), The Maury Yeston Songbook, Brooklyn, Taboo, The Journey Home (Malcolm Gets), John McDaniel at the Piano (Broadway, Christmas, Compositions and Live at Joe's Pub). Recent: Happy Days (national tour), nightclub debut of Tyne Dale, guest conductor at major symphony orchestras, including San Francisco and his hometown St. Louis Symphony.