RMG client Ivan Menchell, author of the book Bonnie & Clyde, recently attended the first reading of the play in Manhattan, and we were there! Everything went smoothly, and we can’t wait for it’s debut at La Jolla Playhouse in November.
Check out this article posted last month on Broadwayworld.com:
La Jolla Playhouse announced today the addition of the world-premiere musical Bonnie & Clyde, to its 2009-10 season, replacing The Big Time. This production features 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), and direction by Jeff Calhoun (Deaf West’s Big River and Pippin, Grease!). Bonnie & Clyde will run November 10 – December 20, 2009 in The Playhouse’s Mandell Weiss Theatre.
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.
As previously announced, La Jolla Playhouse’s acclaimed 2008 production of Memphis will transfer to Broadway in October, 2009. Artistic Director Christopher Ashley, who helmed The Playhouse production last year, will direct the New York version as well. Ashley was originally slated to direct the Theatre’s fall production of The Big Time, but due to his new Memphis rehearsal schedule in New York, The Playhouse has chosen the new musical Bonnie & Clyde as its final show of the season.
“We are overjoyed that Memphis has found a home on Broadway,” said La Jolla Playhouse Managing Director Michael S. Rosenberg. “We are confident that Bonnie & Clyde will be a sensational new musical for our audiences and a terrific finale to our 2009/10 season.”
‘The timing of Memphis’ move to Broadway turns out to be wonderfully serendipitous for The Playhouse, as it allows us to bring our audiences the stunning new musical Bonnie & Clyde,’ noted Ashley. “From the creative dream team of Frank Wildhorn, Don Black, Ivan Menchell and Jeff Calhoun, this theatrical gem gives audiences a fresh look at the now-mythical tale of one of the most infamous couples in history.”
Subscriptions to La Jolla Playhouse’s 2009/2010 season are available by calling (858) 550-1010 or by visiting lajollaplayhouse.org.