Remember when I wrote about the sad plight of Bonnie and Clyde closing on December 30th and I was going to try to see it this week? Well, my friend and I scored rush tickets (awesome seats: orchestra, J 5 & 7) for last night’s performance. He’d seen it once before and loves Wildhorn, so he found ways to enjoy it. One of my friend’s had told me “it’s not that bad,” but I tried to go in with an open mind (but I was really expecting to be bored – as I am at most Wildhorn shows).
Well, I’m perplexed, but happy, to say that I thoroughly enjoyed myself. I knew extremely little about Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow as real people before seeing the show (admittedly, I barely knew they were real people) but I was completely enthralled once it turned out that this was a history lesson (I’m a sucker for things like that) as well as a musical.
The score is great, save for a couple of songs in the second act (especially Made in America – they were proud, but I had no idea why). For the most part, it’s Wildhorn with an edge. The songs that the priest sang were a little annoying at times, but I got through it. Oddly enough, Jeremy Jordan didn’t win me over until he sang “Raise A Little Hell” during Act 1 but after that, I was hooked. Laura Osnes was great as Bonnie too. This was, at the core, a love story of two people who were so passionate and in love that they’d do anything to be together – a plot I did not expect to be singing.
Louis Hobson, from Next To Normal, has a couple of great songs and he really gets to show off his voice. I didn’t care for him, or his character, much otherwise though. Kelsey Fowler and and Talon Ackerman as Young Bonnie and Young Clyde are both immensely talented and were a pleasure to watch onstage. Claybourne Elder, who I’d seen in One Arm earlier this season, was my favorite supporting character. He’s a great actor and has a fantastic voice.
The set was in the middle of being neat and simple. Furniture moves on and off automatically, and the center piece of the back of the set moves up and down, but otherwise, they make a lot of use out of one consistent set.
Between Bonnie and Clyde and Wonderland, this was definitely the better of Wildhorn’s two attempts at Broadway this year. It boggles my mind that certain shows doing an average ticket price of $25 haven’t posted closing yet, but this had it’s life cut so short. If you can catch B&C before it closes on December 30th, you should.