Invited to play the title roles of Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow are Laura Osnes and Jeremy Jordan, who recently appeared in a Manhattan industry reading of the show, which has music by Tony Award nominee Frank Wildhorn (The Scarlet Pimpernel, Jekyll & Hyde), lyrics by Tony winner Don Black (Sunset Boulevard) and a libretto by Ivan Menchell (The Cemetery Club). Tony nominee Jeff Calhoun (Grease in 1994, Brooklyn, Big River, and the upcoming Disney's Newsies at Paper Mill Playhouse) directs and provides musical staging.
Osnes (currently playing Hope Harcourt in the Tony-winning Anything Goes, for which she was a Drama Desk nominee) and Jordan (Broadway's West Side Story, Rock of Ages) also toted guns in the resident not-for-profit tryout production at Asolo Repertory Theatre in Sarasota, FL, in 2010. (See Playbill.com's exclusive backstage photo gallery from December 2010.)
For the record, Osnes originated the role of Bonnie (opposite Stark Sands) when the musical first surfaced at 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. The musical has gone through refinements and revisions since that time.
As previously reported, composer Wildhorn (Wonderland, The Civil War, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Jekyll & Hyde) flirts with rockabilly, blues and gospel to tell the tale of a waitress and a troubled Texas teen whose notorious exploits captured the country's imagination. The recent Manhattan reading cast of Bonnie and Clyde also included Claybourne Elder (as Buck Barrow), Melissa van der Schyff (as Blanche Barrow), Wayne Duvall (as Sheriff Schmid), Chris Peluso (as Ted Hinton), Kelsey Fowler (as Young Bonnie) and Ted Sutherland (as Young Clyde), with Leslie Becker, Mimi Bessette, Casey Shea, Natalie Hill, Alison Cimmet, Victor Hernandez, Michael Lanning, Dan Cooney, Michael Mulligan, Danny Stiles and Marty Thomas. Official casting and design team are yet to be announced. John McDaniel is music supervisor, orchestrator and arranger.
The Motherf**ker With the Hat is currently playing a limited engagement to July 17 at the Schoenfeld Theatre on West 45th Street.