Friday, November 25, 2011
Bonnie & Clyde
Two very talented, up-and-coming (i bet they hate that term) Broadway stars-in-the making take the driver's seat in hopes of winning over audience after audiences to see things their gun-slinging way. Laura Osnes is a captivating actress with the vocal prowess to back her up from start to finish. She nails Bonnie's desires and dreams all the while falling in love and getting sucked into Clyde's growing world of crime and guns. Jeremy Jordan, who is possibly the sexiest man on Broadway today, allows us to see Clyde's tender, human side (and plenty of skin along with that big Broadway smile) as well as his penchant for mischief and his endless dream of being remembered as somebody.
Bonnie & Clyde's book by Ivan Menchell should be a top contender for a Tony this year. He's taken a classic American story, poured his heart into additional research about people behind the legends and laid it out in a swift flowing love story that unfolds neatly over 2 1/2 hours. Don Black (Lyrics) and Frank Wildhorn (Music) have taken a little country music, a whole lot of Broadway, added some some pop-like vocals and blended them all together to aptly accompany the book. The result, at its core, is a fantastic love story that has, what most would not realize, is a happy ending for the two characters.