PHOTO EXCLUSIVE: Laura Osnes Takes Us Backstage at Bonnie & Clyde

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14 Dec 2010

Frank Wildhorn's Broadway-aimed Bonnie & Clyde musical is currently playing a limited engagement at Asolo Repertory Theatre's mainstage Mertz Theatre in Sarasota, FL.

Laura Osnes (Broadway's Grease and South Pacific) reprises the role of Bonnie, which she created in the show's La Jolla world premiere.

In this exclusive look backstage, Osnes introduces Playbill.com readers to the various characters who inhabit the world of the infamous criminal couple.



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On goes the blood. Did I just ruin the ending?
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The story of the real-life Depression-era American figures has a book by Ivan Menchell (The Cemetery Club, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang); music by Frank Wildhorn (Jekyll & Hyde, The Scarlet Pimpernel and the coming Broadway musical Wonderland); lyrics by Tony Award winner Don Black (Sunset Boulevard, Song and Dance); and music supervision, arrangements and orchestrations by John McDaniel.

Jeremy Jordan (West Side Story, Rock of Ages) plays the role of Clyde Barrow.

Osnes and Jordan are joined by Melissa van der Schyff (Deaf West’s Big River) as Blanche Barrow, Mimi Bessette (Little Shop of Horrors) as Emma Parker, Kevin Massey as Ted Hinton, Claybourne Elder as Buck Barrow, Wayne Duvall as the Sheriff, Leslie Becker as Cumie Barrow/Governor Ferguson, Zach Rand (Les Misérables and Mary Poppins) as Young Clyde, Kelsey Fowler (Mary Poppins) as Young Bonnie. Ensemble members include Daniel Cooney, FSU/Asolo Conservatory MFA student Dane Dandridge, Victor Hernandez, Laura Hodos, Heather Kopp, Michael Lanning, Kevin Rose, Casey Shea and Tim Shew; and local performer Holly Rizzo as the Young Bonnie understudy.

Direction and musical staging are by Jeff Calhoun (Deaf West's Big River and Pippin, Broadway's Grease!).

Broadway producer Jerry Frankel told the Sarasota Herald-Tribune that the new Bonnie & Clyde will open on Broadway in 2011.

The production continues at the Florida venue through Dec. 19. Tickets ($17-$65) are on sale now at the box office, by calling (941) 351-8000, (800) 361- 8388 or visiting www.AsoloRep.org.