Wednesday, October 20, 2010

'Bonnie & Clyde' cast confirmed for Asolo Rep run in Sarasota

The cast for the much-anticipated musical "Bonnie & Clyde," which begins performances at the Asolo Repertory Theatre in Sarasota Nov. 12 before what its creators expect will be a Broadway premiere, has been confirmed.

Laura Osnes (pictured left), best known for her role as Sandy in the 2007 Broadway production of “Grease,” will play Bonnie. She originated the role during the "Bonnie & Clyde" world premiere at the La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego last year.

Jeremy Jordan (pictured below; "West Side Story," "Rock of Ages") takes over as Clyde. Stark Sands, currently on Broadway as Tunny in “American Idiot,” played the outlaw at La Jolla.

The show features a book by Ivan Menchell (“The Cemetery Club,” “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”), music by Frank Wildhorn (“Jekyll & Hyde,” “The Scarlet Pimpernel,” “Wonderland”) and lyrics by Tony Award-winner Don Black (“Sunset Boulevard”).

Jeff Calhoun’s credits include “Big River,” “Grease,” “The Will Rogers Follies,” and the national tour of “9 to 5: The Musical,” which plays the Straz Center in Tampa starting Oct. 26.

On Oct. 14, the Ringling International Arts Festival held an intimate panel discussion, “The Making of Bonnie & Clyde,” at the Museum of Art. Menchell and Calhoun offered details about the production, which lead to this front page story:

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