Michael Donald Edwards, Asolo Repertory Theatre's producing artistic director, announced the company's 2010-11 season on March 8.
Bonnie & Clyde will open at Asolo's Mertz Theatre Nov. 19. A talent search for new stars is expected to be part of the process. Details will be announced.
This is the first mention of the show being "Broadway-bound."
The musical about the Depression-era American outlaws has 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 and musical staging by Jeff Calhoun (Deaf West's Big River, Broadway's Grease!).
The "seductive and cinematic new musical has a thrilling new score that combines rockabilly, blues and gospel music," according to Asolo. Casting and additional details for this production, "including a major talent-search contest slated for April," will be announced. Stark Sands and Laura Osnes starred in the California world premiere.
The Asolo will also stage a world-premiere play to be announced, plus productions of David Hirson's La Bête; Reginald Rose's Twelve Angry Men; Boeing-Boeing by Marc Camoletti, translated by Beverley Cross; Ira Levin's Deathtrap; Lynn Nottage's Las Meninas; and Hershey Felder's George Gershwin Alone.
Additionally, Asolo Rep's New Stages project, launched in 2008-09 with The Giver, will return with Antigone Now by Melissa Cooper.
In 2011, Asolo Rep will bring back "Asolo Rep Unplugged: theatre in the raw," a play festival launched during the 2009-2010 season. The second festival's group of new plays selected for development will be announced in early 2011.
The goal for the 2009-10 "Unplugged" play festival is to eventually fully produce one of the readings in the following season (in 2010-11). The selection from Unplugged 2010 that will be fully produced in the 2011 season has not yet been made. (It will play April 15-May 14, 2011.)
Titles and dates for productions of the Florida State University/Asolo Conservatory's 2010-11 season were also announced. The slate includes Two Gentlemen of Verona by William Shakespeare, directed by Greg Leaming; Neil LaBute's Reasons to be Pretty, directed by Barbara Redmond; Henrik Ibsen's The Lady From the Sea, directed by Andrei Malaev-Babel; and Tartuffe by Moliere, directed by guest artist Wes Granthom.
For more information, call (941) 351-8000 or toll-free at (800) 361-8388 or go to www.asolo.org.