Bonnie & Clyde Aim Their Guns At Broadway

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Composer Frank Wildhorn (Jekyll & Hyde, The Scarlet Pimpernel) is gunning for Broadway again with Bonnie & Clyde, about the notorious lovers who robbed banks while stealing each other's hearts.

At a well-attended press sampling yesterday, there were some touch-feely love songs, making me wonder if this will be Assassins meets Grease!.

Are they basically two sweet kids who kill?

"They find themselves in a hell of a time and they're looking for a way out," Wildhorn explained to me.

"Clyde had a tough life and lived in a rough-and-tumble neighborhood," he said.

"Bonnie was a little more starry-eyed and had Hollywood dreams.

"She met him and fell in love. Things got out of hand pretty fast. The first robbery was pretty small-time but disaster struck."

He added that B&C ended up facing high stakes "and the threat of danger was high," thereby upping the love story.

How does this compare to the classic movie?

"It's apples and oranges," Wildhorn replied.

"So much of the movie is the car chase. We can't do that in theater, but we can go into their lives in a wonderful way."

And the story is relevant now, he insisted, "because you read the papers and see stories of desperate people in desperate times trying to figure it out."

"I hope they can afford tickets," I quipped.



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OldEnoughToRemember
OldEnoughToRemember

"Are they basically two sweet kids who kill?"

Well the original tagline for the movie was "They're young, they're in love, and they kill people", so -- yes.

But of course the real B&C were ugly as sin. If they were being accurate, Michael J. Pollard would have played Bonnie...

MSpeer
MSpeer

Jekyll & Hyde, Scarlet Pimpernel were two of the most perfectly awful musicals ever.

How do these guys convince backers to support their lousy efforts? Jeez.

Ron Bruguiere
Ron Bruguiere

Saw the show in La Jolla last year - lack luster.

Wonder if the new version makes any mention of Clyde's bisexuality.

Spoons
Spoons

Or his impotence?

Krl5858
Krl5858

saw it in tryouts in sarasota - hope they worked on it since then

Parnell
Parnell

This one's getting good buzz and could restore some luster to Wildhorn's career. Thanks for writing it up.

Jeffers
Jeffers

Nice of you not to mention Wonderland.

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