Sunday, November 21, 2010

REVIEW: 'Bonnie & Clyde' at Asolo Rep in Sarasota

Bonnie (Laura Osnes) and Clyde (Jeremy Jordan)
 “Bonnie & Clyde” opened Friday at the Asolo Repertory Theatre with a bang — actually quite a few deadly bangs — and by night’s end proved worthy of all the buzz it has created.

Before rehearsals for the new musical began last month, the latest production by the famed Frank Wildhorn (music) and the legendary Don Black (lyrics) already ranked as the region’s must-see stage event of the season. After premiering at the La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego in 2009, the Asolo announced “Bonnie & Clyde” would have a Sarasota run before a planned Broadway production in 2011. Numerous revisions took place and more than about a third of the songs made their world premieres Friday.

Nearly every scene and music number worked to paint a fresh, poignant portrait of the iconic outlaw sweethearts. 

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