Utah Rep to Stage Utah Premiere of BONNIE & CLYDE, 1/7

Utah Rep to Stage Utah Premiere of BONNIE & CLYDE, 1/7

Utah Repertory Theater Company announces "Bonnie & Clyde," the Utah premiere of Broadway's most wanted musical, Jan. 7-Feb. 1 at the Lehi Arts Center.

The score to "Bonnie & Clyde" uniquely combines blues, gospel and rockabilly music.

The music was written by the Tony-nominated Frank Wildhorn. Considering The Combined number of productions of the popular composer's musicals in Utah ("The Scarlet Pimpernel," "The Civil War" and "Jekyl & Hyde," Wildhorn could easily be seen as Utah's favorite musical theater composer. The lyrics are by Don Black, a Tony-winner for "Sunset Boulevard" and Academy Award-winner for "Born Free."

"Bonnie & Clyde" earned two Tony Award nominations in 2012, including best score, and Examiner.com called the musical "a must-see as it is superb and should be a bonafide hit" with "crowd-pleasing and show-stopping tunes that will leave you speechless."

Utah Rep's production features Johnny Hebda as Clyde Barrow and Madeline Weinberger as Bonnie Parker, with direction by Adam Cannon and musical direction by Anjanette Mickelsen.

Members of Utah Rep's production team had the unique opportunity to meet with Frank Wildhorn prior to his October "Wildhorn & Friends" concert at BYU. Hebda, Weinberger and Cannon received firsthand advice from the composer, who answered questions about the musical.

The original Broadway production included two Utahns in lead roles. Springfield, Utah native Claybourne Elder created the role of Cylde's brother, Buck Barrow, and Talon Ackerman of Salt Lake City played Young Clyde.

At the height of the Great Depression, Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow went from two small-town nobodies in West Texas to America's most renowned folk heroes and law enforcement's worst nightmares. Fearless, shameless and alluring, their electrifying story of love, adventure and crime captured the excited attention of an entire country.

Performances are Jan. 17-Feb. 1 on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Mondays at 7:30 p.m. with 2 p.m. Saturday matinees, Jan. 25 and Feb. 1 at the Lehi Arts Center, 685 N. Center St. in Lehi, Utah. Tickets are $15-$18, with the Thursday, Jan. 23, a Pay What You May performance, where patrons may purchase tickets beginning at $1.

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Blair Howell Blair Howell's career is in the professional publishing arena (for more years than he cares to remember), with a longstanding interest in theater. He found it to be great fun to live in New Canaan, Connecticut, with easy access to the Great White Way. But now, Blair lives in Salt Lake City (a long, not interesting story). The much-lamented move has allowed him to be more active in regional theater. He now covers theater and the arts for the Deseret News, Utah's oldest, continuously-published metro daily newspaper, and has written for various theater-related national magazines and websites.

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