Bonnie & Clyde Review and Ticket Giveaway!
I had the opportunity to attend the new musical BONNIE & CLYDE at Derby Dinner Playhouse last week and it was phenomenal. This was certainly different than most productions I have seen at Derby Dinner over the years, but I loved that it was new and electrifying. I have previously heard stories of Bonnie & Clyde but never knew all the details of their history, their love story, and their crimes. That story has been re-created into a thrilling and sexy new musical for the stage and I am thrilled that I had the opportunity to see it at Derby Dinner!
The story goes - at the height of the Great Depression, Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow went from two small-town nobodies in West Texas to America’s most renowned folk heroes and the Texas law enforcement’s worst nightmares. Fearless, shameless, and alluring, their electrifying story of love, adventure, and crime captured the excited attention of an entire country.
I can’t get the music out of my head, and rightfully so as it is by the same composer as one of my all time favorite musicals “Jekyll & Hyde,” Frank Wildhorn. Singing this non-traditional rock and blues type of score are leads Madeline Perrone as Bonnie Parker and Michael McClure as Clyde Barrow. Both are new to the Derby Dinner stage but their comfort level with their performances lends itself to knowing they are superb performers. Their love story unfolds as they sing songs like "Dyin' Ain't So Bad" and “How ‘Bout a Dance?,” wrenching all of the feelings out of the audiences soul! Their chemistry reminds us how this couple started down their path to begin with and why they were willing to go through hell and back to end up where they did.
Jordan Cyphert, as Clyde’s brother Buck, can’t decide if he should straighten up and do as his wife Banche, played by Sara King, wishes or if he should stick with his brother Clyde and always stand by his side. If you don’t already know which decision he makes, you will have to see the show, but if it gives you any indication, Sara King’s voices nearly brings you to tears in “You Love Who You Love” & “Now That’s What You Call a Dream.”
I was particularly moved by Tina Jo Wallace, who plays Bonnie's mother. As a mother of young children I can’t imagine what it must be like to let them go. Wallace is so passionate towards her daughter in this show and you truly believe with all your heart that she would do anything to get Bonnie back. And then, you find yourself almost agreeing with her decision to love, support, and see her daughter when she can, even after the lifestyle she chooses.
The book was written by Ivan Menchell with lyrics by Don Black. Derby Dinner’s production of BONNIE & CLYDE is under the direction of Lee Buckholz with musical direction by Scott Bradley. Lee uses tv screens hung near the center of the stage to flash displays of actual newspaper footage and mug shots throughout which made it so very interesting! The show also stars Elizabeth Loos, Paul Kerr, Matthew Brennan, John Payonk, and more!
BONNIE & CLYDE runs through March 29, 2015 and is recommended for ages 15 & up due to many adult themes and images in the show. There is strong sexual contest, usage of fake guns, cussing and even a very brief moment of nudity. I will point out again that this show stretches the boundaries of where most Derby Dinner shows have in the past, but it is so worth it to go and experience the art that they are creating on stage!
For ticket information please call 812-288-8281 or visit www.derbydinner.com
Patrons who show their ticket stub from the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience receive $3 off the regular ticket price to see the new musical BONNIE & CLYDE, playing thru March 29. Ask for the Evan Williams Special! Not valid on previously purchased tickets and is subject to availability. Offer expires 3/29/15. And in return, Derby Dinner Playhouse patrons can also take their DDP ticket stub to the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience and receive $3 off the ticket price thru March 29, 2015.
Visit www.EvanWilliamsBourbonExperience.com to find out more about this local attraction.
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