A new ‘Bonnie & Clyde’ stage musical coming to La Jolla Playhouse

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Get yer banjos and machine guns ready. America’s most famous Mid-Western killers are about to make their stage debut in a new musical coming to the La Jolla Playhouse.

‘Bonnie & Clyde,’ which is set to start performances Nov. 10, is a brand new stage production that’s based on the lives of Depression-era outlaws Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow. The music by Frank Wildhorn will combine country, blues and gospel influences.

No casting has been announced yet, but the show will be directed by Jeff Calhoun, who is best known for staging Deaf West productions of ‘Pippin’ and ‘Big River.’ The book is written by Ivan Menchell and the lyrics are by Tony-winner Don Black.

The lives of Parker and Barrow were most famously dramatized in the 1967 Arthur Penn movie starring Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway as the amorous killers. The movie was controversial when it was first released because of its realistic depiction of gun violence.


‘Bonnie & Clyde’ will be the La Jolla Playhouse’s final production of the current season.

-- David Ng

Photo: A newspaper ad for the movie ‘Bonnie and Clyde’ (1967). Credit: Los Angeles Times