'Bonnie and Clyde' books New York run
“Bonnie and Clyde” makes a break for Broadway next year, with the Frank Wildhorn tuner nailing down dates and a theater for a fall run that opens in December.
Laura Osnes, now appearing in the Roundabout revival of “Anything Goes,” and Jeremy Jordan, whose Main Stem credits include a stint in “West Side Story,” are set to star as the lovebird-criminals. Thesps also led the cast of the musical’s 2010 run at the Asolo Repertory Theater in Sarasota, Fla., and Osnes appeared in the musical’s 2009 world preem at the La Jolla Playhouse.
The show marks the composer’s Main Stem return soon after the flop of “Wonderland,” which shuttered a month after it opened to generally unenthusiastic reviews in April. Tunesmith — whose credits include “Jekyll and Hyde,” “The Scarlet Pimpernel” and “Dracula” — often has trouble wooing Gotham critics and auds, but touring productions of his shows usually rep a significant draw for many road presenters.
The storyline of “Bonnie and Clyde,” based on the same story that inspired the 1967 film, touches on the lovers’ young lives prior to chronicling their romance and subsequent crime spree. Don Black, book writer and lyricist of the musical version of “Sunset Boulevard,” provides the lyrics to Wildhorn’s songs, with Ivan Menchell (Disney Channel’s “Jonas” and “Phil of the Future”) penning the book. Jeff Calhoun, who staged the Sarasota and La Jolla incarnations, returns as director.
Kathleen Raitt (“The Civil War,” “The Scarlet Pimpernel”), Barry Satchwell Smith, Jerry Frankel, Jeffrey Richards and Michael Jenkins produce the show, which begins previews Nov. 4 ahead of a Dec. 1 opening at the Schoenfeld Theater.
Current occupant of the Schoenfeld, “The Motherfucker With the Hat,” is set to end its limited run on July 17.