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La Jolla Playhouse Announces Complete Cast of BONNIE & CLYDE, Sands & Osnes To Star

La Jolla Playhouse is pleased to announce the complete cast of its world-premiere musical Bonnie & Clyde, music by Frank Wildhorn (Jekyll & Hyde, The Scarlet Pimpernel), lyrics by Tony Award-winner Don Black (Sunset Boulevard, Song and Dance), book by Ivan Menchell (The Cemetery Club, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang), with direction and musical staging by Jeff Calhoun (Deaf West's Big River and Pippin, Grease!), playing November 10 - December 20, 2009 in The Playhouse's Mandell Weiss Theatre.

The cast features Tony Award-nominee Stark Sands (Journey's End, Twelfth Night) as "Clyde," Laura Osnes (South Pacific, Grease) as "Bonnie," Two time Emmy Award-winner Mare Winningham (St. Elmo's Fire, off-Broadway's 10 Million Miles) as "Emma," Melissa Van Der Schyff (Deaf West's Big River) as "Blanche," Wayne Duvall as "Sheriff," Claybourne Elder as "Buck," and Chris Peluso as "Ted." The ensemble includes 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 UC San Diego MFA student Jessica Watkins.

The creative team includes John McDaniel, Music Director; Tobin Ost, Scenic and Costume Designer; Michael Gilliam, Lighting Designer; Brian Ronan, Sound Designer; Aaron Rhyne, Projection Designer; Shirley Fishman, Dramaturg; Paul Smith, Production Stage Manager.

Bonnie & Clyde is based on the lives of Depression-era outlaws Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, whose notorious exploits captured the country's imagination. This seductive and cinematic new musical examines how a troubled Texas teen and a love-sick waitress became America's most infamous couple, with a thrilling new score that combines rockabilly, blues and gospel music.

Tickets to Bonnie & Clyde are currently available by calling (858) 550-1010 or by visiting


Stark Sands earned a Tony Award nomination for his Broadway debut in Journey's End. He also recently appeared in The Public Theatre's Twelfth Night with Anne Hathaway, the Classic Stage Company's production of The Tempest opposite Mandy Patinkin, and in the McCarter Theatre's production of A Seagull in the Hamptons. His film credits include Flags of Our Fathers, Chasing Liberty, Shall We Dance, and the miniseries Generation Kill. He also had a recurring role on HBO's acclaimed series Six Feet Under.

Laura Osnes is currently starring as "Nelly Forbush" in Lincoln Center's Tony Award-winning production of South Pacific. She made her Broadway debut in the recent revival of Grease, having won the role on NBC's reality competition "Grease: You're the One that I Want." Regional credits include Broadway: Three Generations at the Kennedy Center, A Christmas Carol at the Guthrie Theater, The Wizard of Oz, Disney's Aladdin, Cabaret, Pippi Longstocking and Working at the Minneapolis Children's Theater.

Mare Winningham has appeared on stage, screen, and in over sixty movies for television. Her work has earned an Academy Award nomination and two Emmy® Awards, among others. For her New York stage debut in Atlantic Theater's musical 10 Million Miles, Ms. Winningham was awarded the Lucille Lortel Award in 2008. As a singer and musician, Ms. Winningham most recently released an album of original Jewish Country/Folk songs, "Refuge Rock Sublime."

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