Legendary outlaws take the Broadway stage in this new musical by Frank Wildhorn.
What Is the Story of Bonnie & Clyde?
The story of outlaws Bonnie and Clyde is a part of Americana, but this story is a sunnier version than the usual shoot-'em-up tales. When car trouble (hers) brings Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow together, they immediately fall in love. Growing up in dustbowl Texas, Bonnie is a young waitress who wants to be a movie star, and Clyde is a car-loving small-time crook who just wants to crawl out from under the crushing poverty he's known his whole life. Clyde and his brother Buck have been in and out of jail for years, much to the disapproval of Buck's religious wife Blanche, and as their robberies get more and more notorious, they become known as "The Barrow Gang," which Bonnie soon joins. When their crimes escalate from robbery to murder, these lovers on the run make national headlines.
What Is Bonnie & Clyde Like?
While it has the shootouts and hold-ups that made Bonnie and Clyde famous outlaws, this version of their tale focuses more on the love story between the two title characters than anything else. The pop score by Frank Wildhorn keeps the show from getting too dark, no matter what the subject matter, and allows for plenty of vocal pyrotechnics from its leading players. The show's ensemble numbers are used to explain the circumstances that drove these kids (who were in their early 20s when they died) to their criminal acts, and images from the real lives of Bonnie and Clyde, from newspaper headlines to mug shots to personal photos, are projected onto the set for historical context.
Is Bonnie & Clyde Good for Kids?
This one gets a V for violence. It's certainly a rosier take on the Bonnie and Clyde story than we've seen in the past, but considering the show opens with intense, rapid (and loud) gunfire that leaves the title stars bloodied and dead in a car, it's not a great choice for little kids. Other than that, there's a to-be-expected amount of blood, considering the subject matter, as well as a prison scene that makes reference to Clyde being sexually assaulted. There's also some semi-nudity and a whole lot of making out, but it's all relatively tame stuff, and should be fine for tweens and older.