AURORA — Brazen and beguiling, the Tony-nominated "Bonnie & Clyde: A New Musical" opens June 28 at 8 p.m. for seven performances Fridays and Saturdays through July 13, plus July 7 at 3 p.m. at Aurora Community Theatre.
The reckless duo’s story of love, adventure and crime features a thrilling, non-traditional score by Frank Wildhorn that combines blues, gospel and rockabilly music with lyrics by Don Black, and a book by Ivan Menchell.
Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, two small-town nobodies who chase dreams of fame and fortune, become Texas law enforcement’s worst nightmare and America's most renowned folk heroes at the height of the Great Depression.
"Bonnie & Clyde: A New Musical" includes the sound of gunshots, intense lighting effects, portrayals of violence, graphic images and adult themes, and may not be suitable for younger viewers.
Marc C. Howard directs and choreographs Hannah Rae Backus as Bonnie and Frank Lucas as Clyde, with D. Keith Stiver as music director and Katie Hintze as producer.
Jesse Roberts takes on the role of Marvin "Buck" Barrow, Clyde’s outlaw brother, and Paige Schiller plays Blanche Barrow, Buck’s righteous, religious wife.
Lisa Georges performs as Cumie Barrow, mother of Clyde and Buck, with Jerry Schaber as their dad Henry Barrow. Theresa Benyo-Marzullo plays Emma Parker, Bonnie’s fragile, widowed mother.
Paul Bass performs the role of Sheriff Schmid, with Jovanny Ortiz Jr. (Deputy Johnson), Isaiah Blue (The Preacher), David Rusnak (Ted Hinton), Theresa Dean (Governor Miriam Ferguson), Amie Gabel (Eleanor), Jessie Pollak (Stella) and Jordan Gadoury (Trish).
The play, which explores the early life of the two notorious lovers, features Gilda Chestney, Gina Marzullo and Hannah Morocco alternating the role of Young Bonnie, with Owen Bass and Peter Stoycos sharing the role of Young Clyde.
Ensemble players (store clerks, police, guards, bank customers and the choir) include Megan Feezle, Dan Georges, Jack Jennemann, Bernie Keister, Jim Marzullo, Rachel Marzullo, Sally Morris, Kathy Pekarcik and Carson Strnisa,
Ann Nyenhuis serves as stage manager and technical director, with April Sike as assistant stage manager. Karen Cirino is in charge of costumes. Sound desginer Maggie Hamilton will operate the sound board for each performance. T.L. Codella designed the lighting.
Todd Plone designed the set, with Nyenhuis in charge of the construction crew that included Joe Mira, Paul Mira, Ashley McCoy, Neil Rubin, Craig McCloud, Jerry Schaber, Kelsey Qualters, Chris Hrach, Linda Weinkamer and April Sike.
Liaison to the ACT’s board of trustees is Rebecca Gang. Marianne Gingras designed the show image, poster and signage. In a unique responsibility for this play, Jim Marzullo was the gun/rifle director.
Stiver will play keyboards while conducting the orchestra that includes Debbie Bodkin and Anne Marie Wolfe on reeds, Jonathan "Skip" Edwards on bass, Heather Kovach on fiddle, Herbert Parker on guitar and Tyler Hardin on percussion.
The play is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International. All authorized performance materials are supplied by MTI.www.mtishows.com
Tickets for all shows are available online anytime, including seat selection, at auroracommunitytheatre.com or by calling 330-562-1818.
ACT extends appreciation to the Denise G. & Norman E. Wells, Jr. Family Foundation for its underwriting of the Wells Main Stage.
ACT, celebrating 59 seasons in 2018-19, annually presents three main season shows, a summer stock production, benefit show, plus two children’s summer workshops, reaching an annual audience of more than 7,000.