Bonnie & Clyde: A Folktale, the Comic Musical by Hunter Foster and Rick Crom, Will Premiere in Georgia in 2012

News   Bonnie & Clyde: A Folktale, the Comic Musical by Hunter Foster and Rick Crom, Will Premiere in Georgia in 2012
 
Hunter Foster and Rick Crom's Bonnie & Clyde: A Folktale, their satiric musical take on the story of American outlaws Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, will get its world premiere at Aurora Theatre in suburban Atlanta in winter 2012.

Hunter Foster
Hunter Foster

Librettist Foster, currently working in Arlington, VA, on the world premiere of his new musical The Hollow at Signature Theatre, told Playbill.com that there are also discussions about separate productions of his Bonnie & Clyde in Toronto and London.

The Depression era-set show, with music and lyrics by Crom (Newsical the Musical), had a developmental premiere in the New York Musical Theatre Festival in 2008. The show is not to be confused with the Frank Wildhorn-Don Black-Ivan Menchell musical Bonnie & Clyde, a grittier and more traditional approach to the true story of crime and passion, opening at Broadway's Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre later this year

Foster said that his Bonnie & Clyde, beyond being comic, has something to say about fame and celebrity in America, adding that the show's tone is akin to Urinetown, in which Foster starred on Broadway.

Performances will play Aurora Theatre, in Lawrenceville, GA, March 15-April 8, 2012. Foster & Crom's Bonnie & Clyde: A Folktale is billed as "a side-splittin', toe-tappin', gun-totin' musical." No casting has been announced. Visit auroratheatre.com.

Foster (a Tony Award nominee, as an actor, for Broadway's Little Shop of Horrors) also penned the libretto to the Off-Broadway musical Summer of '42. *

Mark Waldrop directed the earlier NYMF staging with a cast that featured Diane Davis (Old Acquaintance, Festen) as Bonnie Parker and Jason Wooten (The Times They Are A-Changin', Dance of the Vampires, Rocky Horror Show) as Clyde Barrow with Melissa Rain Anderson, Kevin Cahoon (The Wedding Singer, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang), Kevin Carolan (The Ritz, Chicago), Rachel Coloff (Lestat, Fiddler on the Roof, Urinetown), Dennis Holland (The Music Man), Julie Johnson (Candide, Das Barbecu), Dana Steer (Zanna, Don't), Julius Thomas III, Stephanie Umoh and Darryl Winslow (Avenue Q, Evil Dead).

Bonnie & Clyde: A Folktale, according to earlier NYMF notes, is described as such: "America's most romantic gangsters outwit and outrun a relentless (yet always ladylike) J. Edgar Hoover to the delight of the poor and downtrodden, as their relationship changes from 'strictly business' to reluctant love."

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